The island welcomed leading figures from China’s shipping industry as part of a drive to strengthen relations with one of the world’s economic superpowers.
Mr Sun Feng, vice president of the China Classification Society, and Mr Zhang Hui, managing director of CCS Europe, were here to learn more about our thriving maritime sector.
The visit was a direct result of contacts during last month’s trade mission to China that was led by Chief Minister Allan Bell.
Mr Bell met Mr Sun in Beijing after delivering a keynote speech at an official function organised by the China Ship Owners’ Association.
‘I was delighted that Mr Sun and Mr Zhang accepted my invitation to come to the Isle of Man to experience first-hand the strength and depth of our shipping industry,’ said Mr Bell.