Together, China and India will account for half of global growth this year. China is simply a huge market which cannot be ignored.

It is clear to me that the end of China’s zero-Covid policy presents new opportunities for British BusineA ss.

China's economy is fast-growing and re-opening to the world:

  • British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are to fly daily from the UK to China again starting from 23rd April. Read more about this here.  
  • The Chinese Government’s main priority is to boost economic growth. Expanding domestic consumption, attracting foreign investment, working towards a stabilisation of the property market, and speeding up technological innovation are all part of this economic growth strategy.
  • Global economic growth and wealth creation in the coming decade will be defined by Asia’s dynamism, with China at its core.
  • The number of middle-class consumers is set to grow to 35% of the population by 2030, up from just 10% in 2015. In a nutshell, China will add an extra 340 million middle-class consumers - more than the entire US population - during this decade.
  • China offers tremendous growth opportunities across a range of sectors.

And I am delighted to say that many of our Members and Clients are already re-focusing on the China opportunity with the help of the China-Britain Business Council's teams in both the UK and China.

Demand for Visa Invitation Letters, which you need to support your application for a business (“M”) visa to China, is on the rise. You can learn more about our Visa Invitation Service here.

We are seeing increased demand for our market research and partner identification services with a focus once again on China.

And our membership consists of dynamic small and medium sized businesses, most of the UK’s higher education institutions, and the UK’s leading businesses doing business with China. Become a Member today or contact us via to find out more.

Join us at our flagship event of the year | The UK-China Business Forum 2023

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If you wish to meet the UK CBBC team in person, meet other CBBC Members and the broader business community focused on China, come and join us at the China focused business event of the year in the UK: the UK-China Business Forum, which will take place on 15th March in London. You can buy your tickets here.   

You will hear from leading figures within the UK-China community. We have an exciting line up of Keynote Speakers, which include:

  • Dame Caroline Wilson DCMG, British Ambassador to China
  • Janet Henry, HSBC Global Chief Economist
  • Dr Michael Spence, President & Provost, University College London
  • Mr Qing Pan, President Jaguar Land Rover China
  • John Edwards, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for China
  • Professor Xu Bin, Professor of Economics and Finance, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  • Ling Ge, General Manager and Chief European Representative, Tencent

We will be announcing further Keynote Speakers over the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Register here!

Let me finish with saying that China will always be a complex market. There will be bumps in the road with China’s economic recovery. And there will always be challenges. But with the right help and advice you can succeed. We have been supporting our Members and Clients for over 65 years. And if we do not know the answer we have partners in our network who will.

Come and talk to us about your China plans.


With kind regards,

Adriaan Commandeur

Chief Membership Officer, China-Britain Business Council