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The Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU) was founded over 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, archive 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.

Summer 2017 issue of China Eye now available.
Read the latest news stories about China in our Sinofile column.

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July - August 2017

SACU now has a YouTube channel! We have been fortunate to attract recently as members several young PhD students with tremendous design and technology skills. Thanks to SACU member and Youth Programme Coordinator Li Linxi we can now be found at this here . Linxi recorded our May 20th panel discussion, hosted by Lau China Institute, China’s 21st Century Silk Road here . Linxi notes that this is her first attempt to videotape an event for YouTube and that the first six minutes of sound did not record well. However, the rest of the presentation is clear.

SACU member Josepha Richard’s blog Gardens of China carries news of an upcoming conference on New Research on the History of Chinese Gardens and Landscapes to be held at the University of Sheffield on October 26th to 27th.

For registration information contact Sally Jeffery by email ( The programme description is at Josepha’s blog here.

A report in Caixin Online titled Chinese Globetrotters Far Outpace Foreign Counterparts Coming to Middle Kingdom notes:

The gap between the number of visits Chinese tourists made abroad and foreigners coming to China has reached more than 30 million, reflecting the urgent need for China to improve its visa policies and travel services, a think tank said in a recent report.

It would be a very good idea for Britain to do the same. Chinese tourists spent $260 billion abroad in 2016.

SACU VP Jenny Clegg has forwarded this news about an upcoming Chinese Folk music event on the evening of July 24th:

There will be a show featuring Yunnan folk dances and music at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester - Yunnan is the most picturesque and exotic Chinese province with the highest concentration of minority ethnic groups. We have complimentary tickets available for any SACU members who would like attend.

Contact us for more information.

“Gwader Port is the southern hub of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which connects China’s northwestern Xinjiang province to the Arabian Sea” writes SACU member Dr Michael Tai in the Cambridge Journal of Eurasia Studies.

Goods transiting through Gwadar Port reach Europe from China in just 10 days rather than the 45 it takes to ship through the Straits of Malacca. Unfortunately, the region is troubled and is where 2 young Chinese language teachers recently lost their lives.

Michael’s article examines the stakes in Gwadar: A case of South-South cooperation .

SACU member Janice Dickson, also of the Scotland-China Association, sent us this item:



Are you a dedicated and dynamic individual seeking a professional overseas adventure? If yes, this role could be for you! We are seeking candidates to work full time at nursery settings in China, starting September 2017 for 1 year.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Teaching the children English language
  2. Carrying out fun, educational activities with the children
  3. Joining in with day-to-day activities with the children

Skills and experience

  1. Pre-school education background or working experiences preferred but not essential
  2. Excellent spoken and written English
  3. A good knowledge of English nursery rhymes, songs and games
Location: China


Full-time job for a year; 14 days holiday;Free Accommodation; A round-trip ticket provided annually; Salary £ 18,000;

You will require a full DBS check for this role. You will require a visa for this role (application fee will be reimbursed for successful candidates)

How to apply

If interested please email, with the subject of "Job Application" to receive a formal application form.

When I taught at the University of Liaoning a few years ago, I visited and gave a few language lessons to the 5 and 6-year-olds who attended an infants school attached to the University. The maturity of these children and their ability to conduct a conversation was something to experience.

There are still a few spaces available on the Meridian Society’s 2017 tour to Shandong Province this October. Read about the tour itinerary here .

Please contact for booking and reservation information

Some information from the British Council’s Generation UK: China Network that may be of interest to our younger members: Schwarzman Scholarships for China

Spend 11 months studying for a Masters at Tsinghua University in Beijing with Schwarzman Scholars.

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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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