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Huw Lewis to promote Welsh – China connection

China Three Gorges Museum

China Three Gorges Museum. Image Courtesy image: Wales Online

The seventh “Wales Week” will start at China’s Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing on March 4.

This Welsh culture exhibition will be accompanied with economic and tourist cooperation between a Welsh Trade Mission and Chongqing.

As a major event during the “Wales Week”, the four-month exhibition – Land of the Red Dragon – will be held between March 4 and June 30 at the Three Gorges Museum, with free entrance for Chongqing citizens.

More than 100 pieces of cultural relics, photographs, audio and video materials in National Museum Wales will across the ocean to China, telling the story of Wales from the age of Roman occupation through to its part in the evolution of the modern world.

Heritage Minister Huw Lewis, who has taken a trip to Chongqing to boost trade and cultural links between Wales and China, said: “This exhibition will not only demonstrate the time-honoured histories and cultures of Wales, but also show a modern and energetic Wales.”

“We are excited and ready for the exhibition,” Guan Xiaorui, an officer of Three Gorges Museum, said. “It is the first time of cooperation between the two museums. The exhibition would help Chongqing residents to understand Welsh culture and history better.”

The Minister’s trip to Chongqing is a part of St David’s Day celebrations to promote Wales.

A Multi-sector Trade Mission will also set out on March 2, including 11 companies mainly from Wales’s creative industry, IT industry and Welsh universities to develop business links with Chongqing and look for more job and investment opportunities for the Welsh economy.

The key sectors are the agriculture, gastronomy, auto-moto industries, education, creative industries, financial, environmental and energy services.

The Trade Mission trip will last for eight days and it will feature a number of high profile events, such as networking, promotional opportunities and co-ordination of market visit arrangements.

There is an extensive and very active relationship between Wales and Chongqing.

The First Minister of Wales and the Mayor of Chongqing confirmed their commitment to strengthen this relationship by signing a new memorandum of understanding during the First Minister’s visit to Chongqing in October 2011, with an emphasis on trade and investment.

Lei Zhong

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