Extending UK understanding and influence into China’s key regional economies, building ties with local governments and supporting UK businesses.
The Regional Cities Network brings together more than 20 officers operating out of the Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan. These officers are dedicated to building the UK’s relationships with provinces where the UK has no bricks-and-mortar representation. The combined population of these provinces is 1097m (2010) and the combined GDP $9.1trn (2013).
The Regional Cities Network aims are to understand the dynamics – political, social and economic – of these enormous and highly diverse regions and their major cities; to influence their governments and people so that the UK both contributes to and benefits from their growth; and to help UK businesses expand into these huge new markets. We engage through official meetings, capacity building projects, high level visits and public diplomacy, in places and on subjects where we see the strongest overlap between local needs and UK strengths.
Over the last two years we have worked on issues as diverse as financial services; health and social care; water resources; clean energy; science and innovation; and eco-tourism, as well as organising high profile British weeks in Shenyang and Kunming.
Below are the officers in the China Regional Cities Network with their specific areas of focus. They can be contacted through the shared mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org (please use “For the attention of…” in the subject line) or through the general enquiries number of the Embassy/Consulate General from which they operate.
China Regional Cities Network in Beijing
Nick Low - Counsellor
Richard Homer - Head of Northern China
Jane Fulbrook - Shaanxi, Xinjiang
Stephanie Edwards - Heilongjiang, Jilin, Inner Mongolia
Liu Yi - Tianjin, Shanxi, Henan and Hebei
Gloria Wang - Xinjiang, Shaanxi
He Tingting - Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning
Jenghiz Von Streng - Shandong
Tang Yangyang - 50% Shandong
Ji Ruikun - Tianjin, Shanxi, Henan and Hebei
Li Yue - SPF Project Manager
Song Qiuying - SPF Project Support Officer
China Regional Cities Network in Shanghai
Tony Clemson - Deputy Consul General
Tingting Yang - Head of Regional Cities
Jane Lu - Jiangsu
Gary Chen - Zhejiang
Cathy Xu - Anhui
China Regional Cities Network in Guangzhou
Karen Maddocks - Deputy Consul General
Aaron Cai - Fujian
Lulu Tan - Hunan
Karen Huang - Guangxi, Jiangxi, Hainan
Deng Bowie - Cross Team Support Officer
China Regional Cities Network in Chongqing
Stephen Agnew - Deputy Consul General
Thomas Blake-James - Southwest China
Esther Zhao - Sichuan
Mi Tang - Guizhou, Yunnan
Miao Jinsong - Guizhou, Yunnan