Longines GCT returns to China during 40th anniversary year of Europe-China diplomatic relations

18 March- Longines Global Champions Tour will visit Shanghai in early May for the 4th round of the season during a year which marks important milestones for both the Tour and Europe-China relations. This year celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and China, established on 6th May 1975. It is an important milestone in an ever more important relationship between the union of 28 European states and China. 2015 also marks the 10th Anniversary of the Longines Global Champions Tour, founded in 2006 by Jan Tops.

In a press release from the Delegation of the European Union to China, the Ambassadors stated: "We have come a very long way since 1975. At that time the EU was made up of just nine member states. China was only beginning to open up and had yet to undergo its economic miracle. Trade between our two sides was miniscule; now the EU is China's largest market and China is the EU's second-largest trade partner. This relationship has made us truly interdependent, in the sense that the success of one party is predicated on the success of the other."

Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai was launched in 2014, adding a popular and exciting destination to the calendar. Equestrian sport in China is growing quickly, but 5* horses had never before competed on the mainland before last season's event, so many visitors enjoyed their very first taste of world-class show jumping. The Tour returns in 2015 from 8-10th May bringing with it some of the best horses and riders in the world and offering one of the richest Grand Prix of the season.
source: www.globalchampionstour.com

Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT