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A Bright Outlook for Businesses Following The 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC)
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A Bright Outlook for Businesses Following The 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC)


London UK, 23rd October 2019 – The 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention has drawn to a close, marking an end to one of the most anticipated UK-Chinese business events of the year.

The four-day event, which aims to promote strong business relationships between the UK and Chinese businesses around the world, attracted a broad spectrum of VIPs such as royal figures, business executives, and prominent members of the government from both the UK and China. Sir John Peace, ex-chairman of the famous Burberry brand, delivered the WCEC opening address alongside Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK.

In his speech, Liu Xiaoming confirmed the WCEC’s vast contributions to Sino-British relations and the Chinese and British economy. According to Liu Xiaoming, the WCEC is a hub of connectivity, bringing Chinese businessmen together with both European and local business communities, thus connecting the world to China. He expressed hope that the event would play a unique role by encouraging China and the UK to work together toward reaching the goals of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The 15th biannual WCEC took place in Europe for the first time in history. With its spacious layout, able to accommodate over 3500 guests, and stunning views of Canary Wharf, The ExCel London proved to be the perfect setting for the event. The venue, which is located near London City Airport and various transport links, could easily be reached by guests, organisers and keynote speakers.

The event provided businesses with a platform to showcase their latest ventures and investments

in line with the themes of 'Best of China' and 'Best of Britain'. Representatives from 21 of the most progressive companies aimed to promote further collaboration between the UK and China. At a time when uncertainty plagues the UK, the WCEC focused on finding innovative ways to work together toward business growth and prosperity.

Notable attendees included Aston Martin, the London Stock Exchange, and George Pragnell, a high-end jewellery manufacturer based in the UK. Exhibitors from China included the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games Organising Committee, Century Golden Resources  Group, China Eastern Airlines Group Co Ltd, Zhongguancun Development Group and China Baoxin Group Co Ltd. 

Aside from working towards an improved future for both China and the UK, guests were treated to

performances by Malaysian singers Sheila Majid and Lee Pei Ling, a music rendition played on the traditional Chinese Erhu, a three-part Opera (La Traviata) by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a golf tournament held at Brocket Hall.

Yang Tengbo gave a thank-you speech at the closing ceremony. He said that this year’s WCEC was a great success due to the support of the Chinese and British government and the British royal family. He added that the conference, which was held in a Western setting for the first time, was able to fully demonstrate the strengths of Chinese businessmen alongside their British counterparts, connecting the resources of China and the UK to promote further cooperation. 

The 16th WCEC will be hosted in Malaysia. For further information, please visit the official website at

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