Engage with China confirms the appointment of The Rt. Hon. Sir Vince Cable, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Minister of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, as a patron of the independent educational charity.
“Now that China has become an economic and technological superpower some are reacting with fear or hostility. It is better to engage. Large numbers of students, visitors and businesses already do – in both directions. That was the approach I adopted as a government minister in my dealings with China and I want it to continue,” said Sir Vince
Echoing his comments, Director H-J Colston said, “We are delighted that Sir Vince has accepted our invitation to be one of our patrons. His views chime with our belief that it is crucial to generate curiosity about and dialogue with China rather than to retreat or ignore. China is rich with ideas and subject matter that will benefit young minds and develop character skills relevant to our times.”
Sir Vince’s book, ‘China Engage – avoiding the new Cold War,’ (published 2019) is “precise, forensic and clear as he brings to the debate about China realism and facts.” It invites readers to consider whether the deterioration of China-western relations is a crucial issue for the future or simply a passing phase, caused by Coronavirus and leadership personalities.
Sir Vince was a key speaker at a successful webinar run by Engage with China and its partner organisation, Chopsticks Club. Themes included looking at the importance of increased access to China knowledge in education based on geo-political and economic developments.
Sir Vince joins Sir Anthony Seldon, educator and former Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University and Head of Wellington College, as patron.