Ruth Dixon, a Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, was invited by Professor Deng Dacai, Dean of the Institute for China Rural Studies, to participate in the 2019 Local Government Symposium at the Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. She discussed her work with Thomas Elston, Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Blavatnik School, on collaboration in English local government, both at the symposium and at a seminar for graduate students from the institute. She took questions from students at the seminar, with a particular focus given to central-local government relations in the UK.