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The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) was founded 50 years ago to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of Britain and China. It is a registered UK charity and is the only friendship society of its kind in the country.

Our Magazine section has extracts from the latest issue of China Eye including contents of all issues over the last ten years.

About China is a reference resource with over 400 web pages of information about China. Including language, history, geography, photographic gallery and traditions

We have launched the George Hogg Fund to promote educational exchanges between Britain and China with special emphasis on the Shandan School where he was headmaster. For more details please see George Hogg Fund Appeal

Spring 2016 issue of China Eye available online
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June/July 2016

The Lau China Institute at King's College London will be hosting the conference Dynamic China - British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS) Annual Conference 2016 on 23 to 24 June 2016. This is an international event and will bring young scholars of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints into dialogue. The Conference has three keynote speakers from KCL, SOAS and Oxford, and up to 85 panel speakers from 11 countries and areas, including the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and the United States. For more information please contact conference organiser Cai Chen at

This fascinating essay comes via the Generation UK: China Network - the British Council initiative to engage with China - and talks about understanding "the hidden infrastructure that underpins business and trade" in Chinese institutions through five significant contact areas. Though designed to be useful for conducting business, the knowledge shared here is valuable for anyone who works with colleagues in Chinese organisations. The knowledge is also 'reversible' - Chinese managers and team members will find useful insights here for dealing with their western counterparts.

“The Meridian Society has completed its first 10 years - an achievement made possible by our members, friends and supporters. We will be celebrating with an informal lunch prepared by The Bamboo Flute, a pub-style quiz to test your knowledge of Chinese (pre-kindergarten level) and the society’s past events, musical entertainment on the erhu showing the amazing versatility of this two-stringed instrument, and convivial chat over cake and Cava. This promises to be a memorable and fun-filled event. All - members and non-members alike - are invited to join our anniversary celebration!”

Saturday 25th June, 12:30 pm to 4 pm at the All Souls Clubhouse at 141 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QG For booking and payment information please contact

In both science and soccer, China has big ambitions. The Economist talks about the rapid growth in China’s production of high-quality research papers and initiatives such as the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, the world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope, being built in Guizhou province, which is due to open in September - more here .

On a more mundane note, Caixin Online reported in April on an inter-ministry plan , evidently supported by President Xi Jinping (a lifelong football fan) promising that China will be a world football power by 2050.

“The government said it wants 20,000 schools to specialise in soccer training in the next five years and for 70,000 fields to be available nationwide by the end of 2020.”

The Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, in collaboration with SOAS China Institute, will present a workshop titled: China’s One Belt, One Road Strategy: Competition, Collaboration and Convergence along the Silk Road in Greater Eurasia on Wednesday, July 6th at Khalili Lecture Theatre, College Buildings, SOAS, University of London from 15:00 to 19:00.

The workshop will have 2 sessions: Geopolitics and Security and Economics, Energy and Infrastructure. The event is free and open to the public. No booking required. Contact email:

A new play by Amy Ng, titled Shangri-La, opens on July 12th at the Finborough Theatre and will run to August 6th. Michael Sheringham of the Meridian Society writes: “This play should be of special interest to our recent tour members, but also to others. It covers much of the area of the tour, including the foothills of the Himalayas and the Tibetan culture from Dali to Lijiang to Shangri-La itself, raising questions about the preservation of culture, religion and environment with ever-increasing tourism and modernisation.”

Michael has arranged a group visit to the theatre on July 20th at 7:30 pm that will include a post-performance discussion with playwright Amy Ng and actors. If you would like to join this group please contact him at

Good news of the Yangtze River Finless Porpoise, which was a much discussed topic in recent years as the only river in which these mammals live has become increasingly polluted. The environmental blog, China Dialogue, carries a report by Shi Yi - 2016 Environmentalist Journalist of the Year - describing how the species is being saved from extinction.

SACU member Anne Allan, Chair of the Chinese Brush Painters Society of Yorkshire writes: ......“there are still a few places available for both the Saturday and Sunday workshops with Maggie. On Saturday 18 June she will be teaching us the special techniques involved in painting lotus with a bird in the style of Henry Wu. On Sunday 19 June she will be teaching us to paint the special water landscapes from the Suzhou region using some different techniques including the use of a hake brush. Both these are more modern styles of Chinese Brush painting and will be different from what other tutors teach us.”

“I am now taking bookings for Kaili Fu’s workshops in July and for our workshop with Hai Shuet Yeung in Grimsby in August.” Please contact Anne directly at for more information on thee workshops.

The Independent newspaper carried a report this week on how the staff of China’s Family Planning Commission are now retraining as educators as part of a national initiative to bridge the “gulf in education between city and country children”. This is a problem many of us know very little about and reporter Jamie Fullerton does a good job of explaining its dimensions and how it is being tackled.

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See Also

Meridian Society   Membership organisation based in London with similar aims to SACU, regular events and tours to China.
Chinatown   A large U.K. site with background cultural information and events information.
Between East and West   Background on British Born Chinese people
Mother Bridge of Love   Help and information for adopting children from China and general chinese understanding
C.S.S.A.   The Chinese Students and Scholars Association's web site aimed at Chinese students studying in the UK
Half and half   Documents the history of British born who are half Chinese, mainly children of Chinese sailors
Oasis Adoption   Support and information for people adopting children from Overseas orphanages
British Council   Web site giving information about Britain to people in China

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