Letter from the Embassy of the People's
Republic of China
I wish to apologize to you for the delay in
replying to your letter dated 29 November 2000.
You inquired in the letter about Chinese Government's
position on setting up a Consulate or other permanent post in
Cardiff. I highly appreciate your kind consideration.
The main factors affecting our decision to set
up a consulate in a foreign city are the size of the local Chinese
community and the substantial relations with the city, including
the amount of co-operation in the fields of economy, trade, culture
China has already established three diplomatic
and consular institutions in the UK: the Embassy in London and
Consulates-General in Manchester and Edinburgh. At present, there
is no consideration of setting up a new consulate office in any
place in UK.
I am very pleased to see that relations between
Wales and China have developed with good momentum. We will continue
to work with you for further co-operation between our two sides.
1 March 2001