The China-Britain Business Council’s core remit is to be a strong and effective advocate for equitable and sustainable UK-China economic engagement, supporting our members and the wider business community with accessible, fact-based information and analysis. 

CBBC’s Public Affairs team produce regular up-to-date, evidence-based papers, reports and newsletters. 

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The UK’s policy towards China rightly sits at the forefront of our national debate for a variety of reasons. We at CBBC offer information about the UK-China economic and commercial relationship, which is updated regularly, and is used both as a resource for our Members and the wider public, and in the interest of stimulating discussion based on hard evidence and up-to-date information.

  • The UK exported £25.8 billion worth of goods direct to China in 2019, up 38% year-on-year, and a rise of 240% since 2012.

  • China is our third biggest export market for goods - up from 28th in 2000.

  • Our economic relationship with China supports between 114,000 and 129,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the UK, according to research from Cambridge Econometrics (CE) .

  • Trade in goods and services accounts for the bulk of those jobs, thanks to the tremendous success of British exporters selling into China’s vast market in recent years.

  • These exports originate from all over the UK, with 16% from the North of England and 26% from Scotland, as against 18% from London and the South East.