While in London for an event at the Royal Lancaster

 Hotel that was aimed at encouraging investment in the northeast Chinese province that i

s part of the country’s industrial heartland, the governor and the mayor had a private meeting with Surre

y County Council Chairman Tony Samuels, who has been working to cultivate relations with China.

“Surrey is home to the headquarters of many multinationals from around the world but as

yet none from China,” Samuels said. “With China being the world’s biggest exporting nation and its ec

onomy growing so rapidly, it makes strategic sense for us to build connections there.”

Situated just south of London, Surrey has easy access to the capital and

is also close to the capital’s two main international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.

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