24 Mar 2010 00:00:00.000
The Rt Hon John Prescott MP, who as Deputy Prime Minister played a major role in the forging of closer relations between the UK and China, is to become the new Honorary Patron of the China Policy Institute at The University of Nottingham.
Mr Prescott will be officially inaugurated into his new role when he visits Nottingham on Tuesday March 30 to talk on China and Climate Change as part of the University’s Energy and Climate Change Special Lecture Series.
Richard Pascoe, Director of the China Policy Institute in the University’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, said: “We are delighted that John has agreed to become our new Honorary Patron.
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“The institute’s goal is to help build a more informed dialogue between China and the rest of the world, which mirrors John’s own long-standing commitment to fostering mutual understanding between our two nations.”
John Prescott co-chaired the UK-China Task Force, together with Chinese State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan — created in November 2003 by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Tony Blair to deepen relations and further cooperation between China the UK — until he stepped down as Deputy Prime Minister in June 2007.
Since then he has continued to take an active interest in China and China-UK relations and visits China several times a year. As Leader of the British Delegation to the Council of Europe, he has played an important role in climate change policies and the post-Kyoto agenda. He was appointed as the Council of Europe’s rapporteur on climate change in advance of the Copenhagen summit on climate change in December 2009, and in January 2010 was named vice-president of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.
His relationship with The University of Nottingham began when it became the first foreign higher education institution in the world to establish a university within The People’s Republic and he travelled to China to preside over the opening ceremony of its Ningbo campus in February 2006.
Last June, he spoke at the opening of a conference at the House of Commons offices in Westminster on The Global Financial Crisis, Economic Recession and the Rise of Chinese Power, organised by the China Policy Institute on behalf of the All-Part Parliamentary China Group.
The China Policy Institute, based within The University of Nottingham’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, is a think tank set up to expand the knowledge and understanding of contemporary China in the UK, Europe and worldwide and to analyse its global impact and the critical challenges it faces in its rapid development.
The institute works with research centres in China and around the world to produce quality analysis on contemporary China on a broad range of topics in the fields of international relations, economics, business, politics, the environment and society.
It provides consultancy services on a selective basis, working with governments, companies and organisations worldwide seeking input to their China strategies and business plans.
The CPI concentrates its research on seven key areas: China’s economic transformation and global impact; the impact of China’s rise on its international relations; Chinese politics and civil society; the development of Chinese enterprises; sustainable development; Chinese migration; and the impact of ICT on Chinese politics, society and culture.
The institute also publishes informal brief commentaries on current issues and news by researchers through an online blog, aimed at stimulating discussion on critical policy issues and members of the institute are regularly approached by the national and international media for insightful expert comment.
More details about the China Policy Institute at The University of Nottingham can be found online at www.nottingham.ac.uk/CPI
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