Grace Lang is Director of RCUK China. Grace joined RCUK China in August 2008 and previously headed up the Science and Innovation (SIN) section in the British Consulate-General in Chongqing to drive UK-China research collaborations in southwest China via partnership mapping and project initiation. She was the SIN national lead on identifying locations of research strength in engineering and materials science in China. Grace also worked as an English lecturer in Sichuan International Studies University.
September is one of the most beautiful months in Beijing, as the weather starts cooling down, families are gearing up to celebrate Mid-Autumn festival at the end of the month – the perfect time for us to highlight what has been described as a Golden Year for UK-China ties. Joining the Beijing part of Sir Mark Walport’s visit, Professor Jane Elliott arrived on Monday morning to sunny, blue skies – despite the megacity’s reputation for ‘airpocalyptic’ pollution. It was with this backdrop that six weeks of UK-China ministerial visits and dialogues were launched leading up to the State Visit by President Xi Jinping to the UK in October. This will be the first official visit by a Chinese head of state since his predecessor, Hu Jintao, came to Britain in 2005.