What we do

The Great Britain-China Centre contributes to key areas of reform in China. We engage with Chinese partners; professional, institutional and academic, to promote the exchange of ideas and best practice between China, and the UK and Europe. As a trusted partner of both sides we are able to work in areas that can be sensitive or problematic. We aim to deliver sustainable outcomes, build long-term relationships and facilitate policy dialogues. Programme work is funded by a combination of multilateral, government and private funds, charitable foundations and voluntary giving. If you are interested in supporting us or sponsoring projects in our various programme areas please go to our Support Us page.

Political Dialogues


The UK-China Leadership Forum has brought together nearly 100 politicians from both countries for seven successive annual dialogues, discussing common issues of governance and opportunities for partnership in a globalised world. Each side views the Forum as a way of getting to know future leaders as many Forum alumni on both sides have become ministers or been promoted to prominent positions.  China’s current Permanent Representative to the UN, Liu Jieyi, led the Forum on the Chinese side for many years before he moved to New York.  


The UK-China Young Leaders Roundtable is a regular dialogue for younger politicians from both sides, organised in partnership with the youth wing of China’s ruling party – the Communist Youth League – which is used by Beijing as a training ground for future leaders.

Cooperative Projects

Our project partners in China include the Supreme People’s Court, the Procuratorate, law schools and research institutes in several leading universities, including Peking and Renmin universities, and through these partners Chinese courts at all levels,as well as public security officials.

GBCC has led seven thematic, multi-year European Union projects to support the development of the rule of law in China.  We also played a key role in a recent EU-China Civil Society Dialogues project designed to help develop Chinese NGOs through partnership and exchanges with European NGOs. 
Our main areas of activity are:

Project Development 

In addition to our current work, we welcome contact from organisations looking to co-operate or help fund projects  in the following areas:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Corporate Governance
  • Labour Relations
  • Media Ethics
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Disability Rights