The 48 Group Club held its The Young Icebreakers 9th Anniversary Dinner on 2nd June in London. More than 200 guests attended this event, including a number of prestigious guests: Liu Xiaoming - Chinese ambassador in the UK, Stephen Perry – Chairman of the 48 Group Club, Lord Bates, Lord Howell, Sun Yu – Chairman of The China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK), Geng Jinhai - CEO of China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co Ltd and young icebreakers.
Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador, delivered a speech with sincere hopes to the Young Icebreakers: ‘I hope you will continue to uphold the "icebreaking spirit"; I hope you will expand your horizon; I hope you will be undaunted by challenges; I hope you will contribute your wisdom and strength to building the Belt and Road and the shared community of mankind’. He also said, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the ambassadorial ties between China and Britain. It is also a year for consolidating the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations. With regard to the Belt and Road, there is huge potential and bright prospects for China-UK cooperation as we enjoy strategic consensus, solid foundation and strong dynamics.’ He highlighted that: ‘there might be changes around us, but my hope for the Young Icebreakers remain unchanged; there might be uncertainties before us, but my confidence in China-UK relations remain unchanged. I sincerely hope that the young people of China and Britain will value this best time in your life and work hard for your dreams.’
Mr Geng Jinhai, CEO of China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co Ltd, stated that ‘The Young Icebreakers were formed 9 years ago and continue the traditions first set by the founders of the Icebreakers. They are the new pioneers who will continue to develop the relationship that was started by the Icebreakers back in 1950’s. As we enter the unknown and potentially frozen waters of Brexit we have absolute faith in the vision and enthusiasm of these young professionals to maintain the bonds of friendship that have been forged between our two nations. The Young Icebreakers, you are in fact the key to this continued friendship as you are the new generation of British and Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs. Your views and ideas are as important as those of your pioneering predecessors, and it is that pioneering spirit that will see our friendship and cooperation continue post Brexit. The great talent that our two countries has produced in it young professionals must continue to seize any and every opportunity to maintain the China - UK relationship that started all those years ago.’