The Red Arrows are touring Southern China to strengthen China-UK relations

The Red Arrows have visited aviation companies in South China to strengthen British links to the region.

Their visit to China lasted only two days but they managed to pack quite a lot in.

The most important stop of the tour was a talk hosted by the British Consulate in Shenzhen Bay Club in support of the Be Yourself: Pledge for Progress campaign.

The campaign, which launched in May this year aims to inspire companies in China to further gender equality.

Alicia Mason, Flight Lieutenant and Engineering Officer, said: “I’m honoured to be invited to support the UK Government’s Be Yourself Campaign in China. All roles in the Red Arrows are open to both men and women, and I’m proud to represent the Red Arrows to talk about our open and diverse culture.”

At the campaigns launch event in May, four top businesses – Deloitte, Lloyd’s China, Ctrip, TOREAD -pledged to improve gender equality in the workplace as well as encourage other businesses to enforce better practice in the workplace.

They also visited the 12th China Airshow in Zhuhai, the largest airshow in China, where back in 2016 they left audience members in awe of their performance.

Although they weren’t performing in this year’s show, they were privy to a performance by PLA’s Bayi Aerobatic Team who they met with after.

Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding of the Red Arrows, said: “The Red Arrows team is excited about coming back to Zhuhai Airshow and to visit the vibrant city of Shenzhen. The visit showcases the strong links between the UK and China and underlines how aviation is a global language.”

The group also visited Shenzhen where they met with members of Shenzhen Airlines.

Their meeting at Shenzhen Airlines was to promote the UK-China collaboration on flight projects such as the newly launched flight from Shenzhen to London which will run three times a week.

Karen Maddocks, The British Consul-General to Guangzhou, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Red Arrows to Southern China. The team is renowned for excellence – its impressive displays and world-leading skills represent the best of British innovation.”

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