Education enables dialogue with Chinese Ambassador

Engage with China is excited to host a senior level networking dinner with Chinese Ambassador, Zheng Zeguang, on 24 May 2023 in Central London. The theme of the evening is building education and dialogue as a means of widening opportunities, trust and engagement between China and the UK.

The emphasis of the evening will be to fundraise for the charity and many corporates, educators, government ministers and individuals from both the UK and China and from across industry sectors are jumping at the opportunity to sponsor and attend this rare opportunity to meet the Chinese Ambassador.

Cranswick Plc, one of the largest British food producing companies and with annual revenues in excess of £1.4bn, will be a Diamond Sponsor. Spokesperson Neil Willis said, 

Cranswick have been exporting British pork to China since 2012, and we value the relationships we have built over the last 11 years.  We are proud to support this event and are keen to further develop our trade partnerships.

H-J Colston-Inge, Director of EwC and herself a Mandarin speaker, said,

We are hosting this high-level event to fundraise for our charity. You can’t light a fire without a spark and this event is about highlighting the link between preparing young people for a China-centric future – and skills and creativity that will support business. My curiosity of and fascination with China was sparked as a teenager on my first visit there in 1985. China was another country back then and now its influence and impact is being felt everywhere.

H-J added, “the current geo-political backdrop is unhelpful, however. We believe that this does not serve either of our countries well, nor help our young people to flourish in an increasingly China-centric world or for our economies to prosper.”

The event is a fundraising dinner to enable the charity to reach another 2,000 pupils in schools across the UK by the end of the academic year 2024 and open their eyes to China, its impact, influence, innovations and opportunities. Recognising the importance of discovering more about China as an important aspect of education today, Gareth Doodes, CEO and Headmaster of the King’s School, Worcester and also Chair-Elect of the Society of Heads, said,

The event hopes to raise £100k for the charity to develop new educational resources, reach an additional 2,000 UK pupils by the end of the academic year 2024, host its 3rd international, climate change Model UN conference and grow its core team. The event will be attended by 100 guests who will hear speeches from educator and historian, Sir Anthony Seldon. Guests will also be invited to bid in a silent auction for exclusive prize donations such as a Coronation Hamper from Fortnum & Mason’s, Rapport London, Tickets to this year’s Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, a stunning, glass laser etching by artist Katharine Dowson & a private tour of the Museum of Royal Worcester with tea served on Royal Worcester china.

EwC is very grateful to all its sponsors including Wedlake Bell, UK Sunshine Digital, Corbook, FOSUN, Hurun UK, UKCIC and supporters Chopsticks Club and the IoD.

Published by H-J Colston

H-J is Joint CEO of Chopsticks Club and a regular speaker on China. Through training and events, she has been building cultural literacy about China from the boardroom to the classroom since 1993. She designed and delivered a “Doing Business in China” course at Pearson Business School. She was invited to meet President Xi Jinping during his state visit to the UK in 2015 in recognition of her work in building China-UK relations. She has a degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Durham. Find out more at and

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