Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday sent a congratulatory message to an event commemorating the 65th anniver
sary of the “Icebreaking Mission” in China-Britain trade held by Britain’s 48 Group Club.
In the message, Li said that over the past more than 60 years, British friends including the 48 Gro
up Club have been actively promoting trade and cultural exchanges between the two countries, fa
cilitating the process of China’s reform and opening-up, and also enhancing bilateral win-win cooperation.
The “icebreakers” spirit not only shows the willingness of the British pe
ople to develop friendly cooperation with China, but also demonstrates that the
development momentum of human society towards a more open and inclusive future is unstoppable, Li said.
In 1954, Jack Perry, the founder of London Export Corporation, led a group of 48 British businessmen on a historic tr
ade mission to Beijing and helped deliver one of the first modern-day trade links with China.