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About The Club

The motto of the 48 Group Club is ‘Equality and Mutual Benefit’ and it echoes the words of Zhou Enlai, China’s much-respected Premier from 1949 to 1976, who first used that phrase in 1953.


In the late 1980’s the 48 Group – The ‘Icebreakers’ merged with the Sino-British Trade Council to form the China-Britain Trade Group, now known as the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC).


The 48 Group Club holds a varied calendar of events across the year. Events include the Annual China Business Awards, New Year Banquet and Icebreaker Awards.

News & Commentary

The 48 Group Club keeps a keen eye on developments in Chinese business. Our Chairman also publishes a regular newsletter which explores a range of topics central to the issue of Sino-British relations.

Featured News, Commentary and Events

  • In the 1950s, a group of far-sighted people from the British business community overcame one obstacle after another, and made the famous ice-breaking trip to China, thus starting business exchanges with the newly-founded People’s Republic. Today, more than 50 years later, it is important that the business communities of our two countries carry on the pioneering spirit of those who broke ice, vigorously explore new avenues and new areas for expanded economic cooperation, and work to elevate our business ties to a higher level. The Sino-British relationship has now entered a new phase of sustained development, and achieved gratifying results, particularly in economic cooperation and trade.

    Hu JintaoPresident of the People’s Republic of China, speaking at the Guildhall, London in November 2005