The Biochemical Society and Portland Press have a strong history in recent years of fostering collaborative initiatives in China. In September 2007, a delegation comprising Professor George Banting (the then outgoing Chair of the Biochemical Journal Editorial Board), Professor Peter Shepherd (the then incoming Chair) and key staff visited institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong to raise awareness of the Society and its publishing portfolio in China. The relationships established during this initial trip were further strengthened over the following 2 years and subsequently led, in May 2011, to the opening of an Editorial Office for the Biochemical Journal at the prestigious Institute of Biophysics (IBP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing under the direction of Professor Tao Xu, Vice Chair Asia-Pacific [see The Biochemist volume 33, no. 5 (October 2011), pp. 30–35].

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