The All Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG) was established in 1997 to strengthen and widen the UK-China bilateral relationship and to facilitate increased dialogue and understanding with the National People’s Congress.
The APPCG participates in regular exchanges with the National People’s Congress and other delegations from China, with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties, developing understanding, and promoting dialogue and discussion on issues such as the environment and climate change, economic and monetary affairs, trade, and human rights.
The APPCG seeks to strengthen the relationship between Parliament and its legislative counterpart the National People’s Congress. In particular, the APPCG’s activities provide a valuable opportunity to increase cross-parliamentary dialogue and develop understanding between the two legislatures, as well as facilitating discussion and exchange of ideas on topical issues.
The APPCG has a counterpart organisation in the National People’s Congress in the form of the China-UK Friendship Group. In 2006 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to consolidate the relationship between the two groups, and since then there have been regular exchanges to facilitate closer dialogue and deepen knowledge and understanding.