Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


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 and education.

  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.

Ma Zhengang

1 March 2001

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