Following on from last year, a delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses and civic leaders has returned to China as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.
The delegation is visiting China with the aim of furthering civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism.
The delegation includes a mixture of representatives from Derby City Council and the University of Derby, as well as Derbyshire County Council, the Tourism Board and representatives from the private sector.
As part of the trade and investment mission, the delegation will also visit Shanghai to showcase Derby and Derbyshire at the China International Industry Fair.
The China International Industry Fair is one of the most influential international industry exhibitions in China.
The fair hosts 2,500 exhibitors and over 160,000 trade visitors.
At the fair, the UK has been named the Country of Honour, and the Midlands Engine is set to launch its China Strategy, which will be officially unveiled by Sir John Peace.
Rolls-Royce will also be exhibiting at the China International Industry Fair, and take part in a Q&A panel following on from Sajid Javid.
Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “China’s interest in the UK is clearly growing and we want Derbyshire to be at the forefront of their thinking when it comes to overseas travel and investment in business and industry.
“International trade with Chinese businesses is initiated through Government to Government links so the county council has a major role to play in building relationships with Chinese Governors to show exactly what Derbyshire has to offer in terms of economic regeneration and tourism.”