Zhang Guobin, Vice President of the National Council of the Charhar Institute, met with Lord Michael Bates of the United Kingdom in Beijing on August 13.
On behalf of Han Fangming, Chairman of the Charhar Institute, Zhang Guobin expressed warm welcome to Lord Bates’ visit to Beijing and showed high appreciation of Lord Bates' outstanding contribution to promoting the friendly exchanges between China and Britain over the years.
Zhang Guobin (R) sends gift to Lord Bates during the meeting.
Zhang also introduced about the development of the Charhar Institute in recent years, especially on the Institute's public diplomacy practice for promoting friendly exchanges between China and other countries. He welcomed Lord Bates to visit the Charhar Institute in the near future.
Lord Bates showed his appreciation to the achievement of the Charhar Institute and looked forward to visiting the Charhar Institute in the future.
Zhang Guobin receives the books sent by Lord Bates.
In the meeting, Lord Bates said he liked China and Chinese people very much. And he also admired China's rapid development in recent years. He wished to promote the friendly exchanges between China and Britain through his hiking trips in China.
Lord Bates added that he will soon start a new hiking trip in Zhejiang Province in east of China. The charity fund raised will be donated to help with the social welfare programs in China.
Lord Bates was Minister of State at the Department for International Development between October 2016 and July 2019. He was previously a Minister of State at the Home Office from May 2015 until March 2016. Lord Bates is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.
Lord Bates has been warmly received by Chinese President Xi Jinping on many occasions. Lord Bates has once been praised as the “Friendship Messenger” by the Chinese President.
In July 2015, Lord Bates embarked upon a 71-day, 1,059 mile walk from Beijing to Hangzhou for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Fascist War. All the charity fund raised has been donated to several welfare programs in China through the Red Cross Society of China.
Another charity hiking trip named“Walk Your Dream”was made in Tonggzhou District of Beijing in September 2018, with charity fund also donated to help the economically disadvantaged Chinese students.
During the hiking trip named "Walking Your Dream" in 2018
Copy Editor: Zhu Yanhong