CHINESE children could visit Kirklees as part of a wider exchange programme.
The Kirklees Council’s Tory Cabinet will discuss increasing links with the city of Yuhang at a meeting tomorrow.
Representatives of the eastern Chinese city approached Kirklees Council to establish an economic partnership after neighbouring Hangzhou forged links with Leeds.
Proposals for increasing ties include inviting children from Yuhang to take part in the Kirklees Youth Games in 2008-9 and building partnerships with Huddersfield University.
Councillors also want to encourage Kirklees-based companies to increase trade with the city, which has a population of 1.5m.
The council’s deputy leader Clr Jim Dodds and the director of regeneration Ken Gillespie made a six-day fact-finding visit to Yuhang in October.
Clr Dodds believes people in Kirklees will benefit from closer ties with China.
He said: “When I was out there the people I spoke to were very keen to get students across into Huddersfield University. Of course they would be paying students who would benefit both the university and the town.
“It would also be good if we could use the Kirklees Youth Games as a way for children to mix through music, sport and dance.”
Clr Dodds believes Yuhang and Kirklees have some things in common. He said: “The two places are very similar. We both have a youth ambition and, like us, the people in Yuhang want to make their city economically stronger.
“I know there’s been a lot in the Press about human rights in China but if you don’t engage with people the situation will never improve.”