In the glossy brochure, 131 faces beam out from the list of top-level company representatives - all men. About a dozen other company executives (male) have also joined the group. Apart from government officials, one woman was seen getting off the mission's specially chartered airliner - an interpreter.
That leaves Sunny Crouch, public relations director for the London Docklands Development Corporation, who is bravely flying in to join the boys for the Shanghai leg of the trip later this week. Rumour also has it that British Telecom may have brought in Karen Yip, a marketing manager from its Hong Kong subsidiary. Women, Chairman Mao said, hold up half the sky - but not on British trade missions.