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Draft agreement brings Euro-Chinese recognition closer

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The prospect of a mutual recognition agreement between the architects of Europe and China moved a step closer last week with a drafted agreement.

The Architects Society of China has agreed, following talks with the Architects Council of Europe at the RIBA, to take the proposed deal back to Beijing for further consideration.

Ifthe deal goes ahead it would mean British practices would be free to take advantage of China's massive building boom. The deal would also be reciprocal, allowing Chinese-trained practitioners to win jobs in the UK.

The ACE's chief negotiator, John Wright, said he was delighted with the talks. 'We have agreed to set up a joint commission to work on this on a regular basis and take it forward, ' he said. 'The president of the ACS is particularly keen to see this through.

'We are very buoyant about this latest meeting, ' Wright added. 'We now have to make sure that a deal is fully reciprocal.'

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