Admonitions scroll from China depicting the court instructress. One of British Museum director Neil MacGregor's 100 objects. The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

UK signs MOU with China over tourism

Patrick Steel, 22.09.2015
UK government gives over £4m to museums and tourism
The UK government has signed a memorandum of understanding with China that will see increased cooperation on tourism by improving travel connections and funding museums to create cultural collaborations with China.

The culture secretary John Whittingdale and arts minster Ed Vaizey met with their Chinese counterparts last week to agree the deal, which includes more than £4m of UK government funding to support cultural exchange between the two countries.

Tate will receive £1.3m to support a Chinese tour of its exhibition of British art, Landscapes of the Mind: British Landscape Painting (1700-2007); VisitBritain will receive £1.3m to take its culture is GREAT campaign to China; £750,000 will go towards staging the British Museum’s exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects at the National Museum of China; and £700,000 will be put towards encouraging Chinese visitors to explore the north of England.

An additional £500,000 has been awarded to London’s Southbank Centre towards a new festival called Love China to take place annually from 2016-19; and £300,000 will support the Victoria and Albert Museum’s creation of a bilingual English-Mandarin database of pre-1900 Chinese cultural and literary sources.

Funding has also been granted to the British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, all in London, to create cultural collaborations with China.

The Eden Project in Cornwall announced this week that it has signed a deal worth up to £5m for a new Eden Project in Qingdao, the company’s first development outside the UK.

And the mining corporation Rio Tinto has extended its sponsorship of University College London’s partnership with the Museum of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum in Xi'an, central China, which is investigating the making of the Terracotta Army.

The chancellor George Osborne said: “Britain’s world-class institutions, education and brands are internationally renowned and respected, and a key element of our global economic and political influence.

“That’s why I’ve ensured that government funding will continue to support some of our greatest museums, galleries and theatre companies to boost their profile in China.

“As we enter a golden decade of UK China relations, reinforcing cultural links is vital and will also support the UK economy through promoting trade and tourism between our two great nations.”

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09.10.2015, 21:58
This MOU seems primarily, once again, an arts fund, that favours London beyond all else, it is certainly NOT about exchange between two countries, it is about an exchange between London and China with a sop to Osborne's 'Powerhouse of the North'. In comparison to the UK, China actively develops its regions, it is to the disgrace of successive generations of politicians that they fail at every turn to respect their own country and its diversity.