LINKS between Halton and its twin town have been strengthened by the visit of a delegation from Tongling in China.
The trip was organised by Halton Borough Council's Richard Stevens, along with Business Link Greater Merseyside Enterprise and the International Trade Centre.
'The aim was to further develop trade opportunities between Greater Mersey-side and Tongling,' said Councillor David Cargill, executive board member with responsibility for twinning.
During their two-day visit the delegates met representatives of 20 small and medium-sized companies from Greater Merseyside.
The delegation met representatives of GME and The Mersey Partnership and heard a talk on development and investment opportunities in Greater Merseyside.
The visit ended with a dinner at Halton Stadium hosted by Halton's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Pat and Mrs Jean Tyrrell, along with council leader Tony Mc-Dermott, Mr Parr and Cllr Cargill.
'The business partnership between the council, GME and Tongling City government was formalised last year, with the signing of an agreement to work together to increase two-way trade and investment,' said Cllr Cargill.