Chinese delegate visits Bolton to strengthen business and educational links
8:29am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A CHINESE delegate from Guangdong has visited Bolton to improve educational and business links between the two regions.
Jack Zhang, aged 49, who is originally from Zhongshan, arrived in England last Friday and has been staying in Kearsley.
Mr Zhang is the Special Envoy for School, Culture and City Link and works with Yan Zhou Primary School.
On Monday morning, Mr Zhang visited the town hall to speak with senior Bolton officials.
He said: “We have got very good relationships and we have established strong links with Bolton.
“We do a lot to enhance educational links, through exchanges and school visits.
“I want to make a change for all sectors in community schools and culture clubs.”
Mr Zhang has visited Bolton on numerous occasions, including with his children.
Since landing in England, he has been to Harper Green School in Farnworth and Kearsley Academy.
He also aims to improve commercial connections between Bolton and Chinese businesses, as part of The Manchester-China Forum.
Mr Zhang had many kind words for Bolton, a town he says China can learn plenty from. He said: “The Bolton people are very likeable and the communities seem very organised. Bolton is somewhere we can learn from and I hope we can understand each other.”
Cllr Noel Spencer said of the arrangement: “I think this has enormous potential, with the massive growth of China in terms of economic development.
“We can learn a lot from them and I think this deal is to our mutual advantage.”
The Mayor of Bolton Cllr Colin Shaw said: “This will help create a cultural exchange and will improve relations on both sides.
“We’ll share each other’s cultures and hopefully we’ll help each other in terms of improving education.”
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