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Working with China: ‘Both parties must benefit’

Kumar Bhattacharyya, chairman of Warwick Manufacturing Group, and a veteran of collaborations with China, says lasting relationships need both sides to invest their time and trust, along with money.

It takes time to negotiate research deals with China. Warwick Manufacturing Group has worked with Chinese companies for the past 30 years, we have built up relationships between us, and we’re just developing those links.

The present collaboration with the University of Science and Technology Beijing came about through people from my department becoming joint professors working with Chinese steel companies and the university there. In China, most universities don’t have very close links with industry, whereas Warwick university does; 95 per cent of Warwick Manufacturing Group’s funding is from industry and it pays quite handsomely.

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