GBCC Statement on the Death of Lord Howe

Lord Howe Reception

London, Oct 12 – GBCC issued the following statement on the death of Lord Howe of Aberavon, who stepped down as GBCC’s honorary President in July after 23 years and died last weekend aged 88.

“All of us at the Great Britain China Centre were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lord Howe of Aberavon, who served with great distinction as honorary President of GBCC for 23 years from 2002 to July 2015 when he retired,” GBCC Executive Director Richard Pascoe said.

“An early advocate of establishing diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic after 1949, Lord Howe played a leading role as Foreign Secretary in negotiating the Sino-British Joint Declaration that led to the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

“Lord Howe grasped the importance of close friendly engagement with China early on, and worked hard to bridge the gap in understanding between China and the West. He understood the need to build trust, and for the United Kingdom to give active support to China in its legal and judicial reform process to help build the rule of law.

“He visited China many times after his first trip to Beijing in 1978 and received countless Chinese delegations for GBCC in recent years in the House of Lords, welcoming them with his disarming charm and natural good grace.

“It was a great privilege for all of us at GBCC to have known him and to have worked with him.”

To read the remarks made by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, at GBCC's Retirement Party in Honour of Lord Howe held 8th July 2015, please follow this link to the Chinese Embassy website.

Date posted: 12 October 2015

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