Jersey minister says cost of China trip 'irrelevant'

Senators Le Sueur and Cohen with the Chinese Ambassador to Britain, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming
Image caption A delegation from Jersey is in China to promote Jersey as a place for investment

The cost of sending a group of States representatives to China is "virtually irrelevant", according to Jersey's Chief Minister

Senator Terry Le Sueur is on a three-day trip to the country with foreign minister Senator Freddie Cohen.

They have travelled with members of Jersey Finance to try to encourage business links between the two economies.

Senator Le Sueur said that benefits outweighed any costs of the trip.

He told BBC News: "It will be minimal, if you think of long term investment this will be an important first step but the cost is virtually irrelevant in the greater scheme of things."

Made public

The politicians are in China to boost business with the world's fastest growing economy.

Speaking from Beijing, Senator Le Sueur said the trip was about getting to know each other's cultures.

He said: "As soon as the figures are available they will of course be made public.

"I have no doubt it will be recovered many times over, not just next year or the year after but for many years to come.

"The public have an absolute right to know what they cost, as soon as the information is available it will be published and islanders will know how their money has been spent trying to progress the island's interest."

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