Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Britain is not only a big boost to China-Britain relations, but also very important to China's general ties with the European Union, said experts and officials.
In China-UK football exchanges, Sun Jihai is a name that stands out for his history-making stint with Manchester City from 2002 to 2008. He signed for the English Premier League club from Dalian Shide for 2 million pounds ($3.1 million) and became the first Asian player to play for the Blues. His solid defense and attacking forays won over many City fans.
The rapid expansion of China's Confucius Institutes in the United Kingdom is playing a significant role, not only in helping Western students to learn Mandarin but also by promoting cultural understanding between China and the West, experts said.