Chinese officials will be visiting Lincolnshire this week in a bid to strengthen economic ties with local businesses.
Around 70 industry leaders and government officials from the booming Hunan province will arrive on Thursday 19 April.
They will meet with local business leaders to explore the benefits of collaboration on areas like new technology, innovation and productivity, as well as strengthening ties within sectors such as food, engineering and education.
During the day, the delegation will visit Holbeach Technology Park, Stokes, Imperial Tea, Immingham Docks, the University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University and Lincoln College.
“There’s enormous potential for our local businesses to do more with China, and Hunan in particular,” said Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place.
“China has become one of the largest and most important export markets in the world. Many county firms already have strong ties there and we want to build on that foundation.
“We have a lot in common with Hunan and, with our formal relationship with the province recently being given the official seal of approval by Beijing, it’s the ideal time for us start taking things forward.
“I look forward to welcoming our friends to the county and showing them some of the best we have to offer during what I’m sure will be another fruitful visit.”
Hunan is home to more than 68 million people and its economy is worth around £385 billion per year. Traditionally a rice and cotton growing area, Hunan has been developing its machinery, steel, tobacco and food processing, and electronics sectors, as well as new creative industries, such as broadcasting and motion pictures.