London, 16 February 2017
– The Great Britain China Centre today announced the appointment of the Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, as Vice President.
GBCC Chairman Sir Martin Davidson said: “I am delighted that Sir Oliver has agreed to become honorary Vice President of GBCC.
“While in Government, Sir Oliver visited China on multiple occasions to encourage greater people-to-people links through education, language exchange, and tourism, as well as encouraging greater Chinese investment into the UK. His expertise and connections both in China and the UK will greatly contribute to GBCC’s mission to build closer relations between our two countries and promote the exchange of ideas and best practice between China and the UK.
“We look forward to Sir Oliver’s support for our work, particularly in developing politician-to-politician links with China, and our projects focusing on key areas of legal reform with the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the China Law Society and the Party Leading Group on Legal and Judicial Reform.”
Sir Oliver said in a statement: “The relationship between the UK and China is of great importance to both our countries, and I am honoured to take on this role with the Great Britain China Centre to support the continued deepening of this relationship, and the important political dialogue and legal reform work which GBCC has conducted with China over the past four decades.
“We in Britain are committed to working with China to promote international security, increase mutual prosperity, and support China’s process of modernisation and reform. I look forward to doing what I can to help GBCC continue to build trust and understanding between our two countries.”
Sir Oliver intends to visit China with GBCC later this year as part of a cross-party Parliamentary delegation for the 10th UK-China Leadership Forum, an annual political dialogue organised by GBCC with the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party.
Biography of Sir Oliver Letwin MP
Sir Oliver has been the Member of Parliament for West Dorset since 1997. From 2010, he was the Minister for Government Policy and subsequently Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in David Cameron's coalition government. After the 2015 General Election, he continued as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and was in overall charge of the Cabinet Office, until July 2016.
Before 2010, he held the positions of Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Secretary of State for Food and Rural Affairs and Chairman of the Conservative Party Policy Review.
Educated at Cambridge University, Princeton University and London Business School, he has also had a varied career beyond front-line politics - having been a research fellow at Cambridge University, a civil servant and a bank director. He is the author of several book on politics, economics and philosophy, as well as many pamphlets and articles. He became a privy councillor in 2002 and was knighted in 2016.
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