Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, gave a speech that confirmed the WCEC’s vast contributions to China-Britain relations and the Chinese and British economies. According to Liu, the WCEC is a hub of connectivity, bringing Chinese business people together with both European and local business communities, thus connecting the world to China. He expressed hope that the event would play a unique role by encouraging China and the UK to work together toward reaching the goals of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Notable attendees included Aston Martin, the London Stock Exchange, and George Pragnell, a high-end jewelry manufacturer based in the UK. Exhibitors from China included the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games Organising Committee, Century Golden Resources Group, China Eastern Airlines Group Co Ltd, Zhongguancun Development Group, and China Baoxin Group Co Ltd.
Tengbo Yang, executive chairman of the WCEC, gave a thank-you speech at the closing ceremony. He said that this year’s WCEC was a great success due to the support of the Chinese and British governments and the British Royal family. He added that the conference, which was held in a Western setting for the first time this year, was able to fully demonstrate the strengths of Chinese businesses alongside their British counterparts, connecting the resources of China and the UK to promote further cooperation.