Lantern festival casts a light on business with China


Postponed by two weeks because of severe weather in early March, the Confucius Institute resolutely battled the last blast of winter and celebrated the start of spring with a business networking lunch on Friday, March 16, themed around the Chinese Lantern Festival.

UWTSD’s Business Campus, in its newly refurbished Chinese Business and Culture Centre, the Confucius Institute hosted over 40 guests from business and education. In addition to Chinese food and traditional entertainment, there were talks on the business opportunities offered by China.

Among the speakers were Lareina Lee, Director of J&Y Co Ltd, a highly successful company based in Swansea, importing and exporting goods from China around the world.  Dr ZHAO Xin – a visiting lecturer from Swansea University – gave a fascinating talk on Chinese media; and UWTSD Chinese Student Zhang Yu (Doris) pointed out the some of the opportunities for doing business with China post Brexit, and offered useful tips on business etiquette. 

Krystyna Krajewska, Confucius Institute Executive Director commented: "The Confucius Institute acts as a bridge between China and the UK. Over the past ten years we’ve been instrumental in bringing Chinese artists, musicians, and lecturers to Wales in order to showcase what Chinese culture is all about.

“Today’s business event has been a new initiative for us. We feel that getting better and stronger links with China is important for Welsh businesses. But the question facing many companies is often quite basic, for instance, how do you say hello in Chinese? How do you behave in a business meeting? How do you communicate? These are some of the softer aspects of doing business where the Confucius Institute can help companies through information exchange and networking, as well as through our language and culture courses.

"We also now have a permanent home at UWTSD’s Swansea Business Campus in the Chinese Business and Culture Centre.  Through networking events like this we can bring together people who have a lot of expertise and who already do business in China - people with good contacts, good connections and good knowledge. I’m looking forward to seeing more events like this at the Swansea Business Campus and to seeing it facilitate those conversations.”

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