n London has helped set up links between Surrey and Liaoning provinc
e and, in February this year, the mayor of Shenyang paid us a visit, where under
standing was built about mutual opportunities, since when I have also been there,” Samuels said.
As the gateway to the industrial heartland of northeast China, Liao
ning has huge commercial market potential, with more than 109 million customers, and S
amuels believes Surrey has a headstart on some other regions because of its existing connections.
“The vice-chancellor of Surrey University, Professor Max Lu, is a graduate of
North Eastern University in Shenyang, and retains strong alumni links. My visit there helped strengthen e
xisting connections between the two institutions, and I’m hopeful thi
s will lead to greater mutual understanding and tangiblebenefits in the months to come.”
ns in February for the clinical application of new biomedical technologies, stipulating that clini
cal research that involves human trials, including gene editing, stem cells, organ transplants be
tween species and assisted reproductive technologies, must secure the approval of the commission in advance.
Under the draft, which is yet to be adopted, violators may face punishments including fines, revocation of business permits or criminal charges.
The commission this year will complete its revision of an existing r
egulation on ethical inspection of human-related biomedical research that was adopted in 2016.
Authorities are also considering establishing a national ethics co
mmittee that supervises life science technologies and researchers to ensure compliance wi
th ethical standards, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health, told China Daily in an earlier interview.