British Library to work closely with Chinese counterpart

British Library to work closely with Chinese counterpart

The British Library and the National Library of China are to collaborate on a series of projects.

Culture secretary John Whittingdale, culture minister Ed Vaizey, and sports, tourism and heritage minister Tracey Crouch met with their Chinese counterparts in Greenwich yesterday (17th September) at an event called the People to People Dialogue (P2P) to discuss ways in which both countries could co-operate on libraries, tourism, fashion, and sport.

The two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for each of the four areas.

The National Library of China and the British Library, said the government, “have identified multiple areas of potential future collaboration, including the British Library collection of Shang dynasty oracle bones, an exchange programme for young librarians and cataloguers, and the digitisation of rare items such as the Yongle Dadian holdings in the British Library Chinese collections”.

Whittingdale said: "I’m delighted that we have been able to find so much common ground through sport, fashion, tourism and culture.

"These collaborations will enrich our cultures and pave the way for stronger economic growth and trade. I look forward to working closely with China during the rest of this exciting year of UK-China Cultural Exchange.”

The MoU for tourism says there will be an annual dialogue on tourism exchange with the China National Tourism Administration. In fashion the Shanghai International Fashion Center and the British Fashion Council will agree exchange programmes and propose designers to participate in the respective fashion weeks.

And in sport, the UK and China will establish the Tomorrow’s Star programme which will include youth football training camps, exchange programmes for young football players from both countries, and coach and referee training.