UK-China 400 - an Exchange of Future Leaders is the result of an initiative to develop UK-China youth exchange announced by the UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in February 2008. These take forward the agreements made by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Premier Wen Jiabao on 18 January 2008.
As part of the UK-China 400 project, 400 young people from each country selected for their display of leadership qualities will undertake a ten-day exchange visit between 2008 and 2010. During their visit they will develop their understanding and skills in youth and community development, political and business leadership, environment and healthy living, and creativity and cultural innovation through meeting with leaders, experts and practitioners in these areas. The participants will visit Beijing or London, and at least two other cities or districts in that country.
This year, a delegation of 50 young leaders from China and Scotland came together in Edinburgh to attend 3 days of events (24 - 26 May) that were put together in collaboration between the British Council and the Scottish Young Icebreakers. The first day event was held in the Confucius Institute for Scotland, where the Young Chinese Professionals Scotland was invited by the Scottish Young Icebreakers to support the event. Led by Adam Purvis, Ambassador of Young Icebreakers for Scotland, the event comprised of a series of interactive group activities and talks by Eric Balish (Director of Trade and Finance of Barclays Commercial Bank), Owen Kelly (Director of Scottish Financial Enterprise), Geoff Leask (Head of Operations Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust), Natasha Gentz (Director The Confucius Institute for Scotland) and Paul Docherty (Director British Council Scotland ).
After 3 days of events in Edinburgh meeting their Scottish counterparts, Guo Xiangyu (Deputy Secretary-General of the All-China Youth Federation and leader of the delegation) said, ‘we learned a lot especialy from the Young Icebreakers in Scotland, we have had the most meaning-full, positive, productive and fun time.'
Following the success of the UK-China 400 in May 2010, YCP Scotland again participated in this well respected exchange programme managed by Scottish Young Icebreakers to further cultural exchange between Scotland and China. Led by Adam Purvis, Convener of Young Icebreakers for Scotland, the event, held in the Confucius Institute for Scotland, comprised of a series of interactive group activities and talks by business leaders of Scotland.
英国—中国400项目 - 未来领导者们的交流互换活动是英国外交部秘书长大卫·米利班德与中国外交部部长杨洁篪在二零零八年二月颁布发展中英两国青年人相互交流项目的成果。其为实行英国前首相戈登·布朗和中国总理温家宝于二零零八年一月十八日达成的协议。