On 13th February 2017 UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific leads a delegation of UK healthcare and life science businesses to south China to explore trade opportunities to increase trade and collaboration between the UK and China.
The delegation will visit Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Xiamen, showcasing world class UK expertise and developing export opportunities for the UK across the region.
In Guangzhou, the Minister will open a healthcare roundtable at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University between UK businesses and representatives of this prestige Chinese university and its 10 affiliated hospitals. The session will focus on UK capabilities in hospital infrastructure, training and education, digital health and out-of-hospital care. The Minister will also witness the signing of an agreement between Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital and Cardiff University on breast cancer research.
As per Minister for Asia and the Pacific UK has a strong and innovative healthcare and life sciences sector. Its NHS ranks amongst the best in the world. British expertise and businesses are well placed to support China in achieving its national vision of 'Healthy 2030'.
The UK and Cyprus will step up co-operation in areas including maritime security and officer training under a new Defence programme.
Defence Secretary, on 10th February 2017 signed a Defence Co-operation Programme alongside Cypriot Defence Minister in the capital Nicosia today, agreeing to closer working.
Building on the agreement signed last year, the Ministers agreed that the key regional partners would now work closely across Special Forces, counter terrorism, Crisis Response, intelligence, Air Defence, hybrid warfare and cyber.
Improved Maritime Search and Rescue co-operation will be a particular focus, and during his visit Defence Minister offered Cyprus the chance to display alongside the international community at Royal International Air Tattoo 2017 and reviewed opportunities for naval personnel exchanges.