Prior to UK prime minister Theresa May’s arrival in Hangzhou for the G20 Leaders Summit on 4-5 September, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK wrote comments on UK-China relationship, noting that post Brexit Britain is in a time of adjustment and the China-UK relationship is “entering an important historical period with new development opportunities”.
He highlighted three examples as “real action” to show Chinese companies’ vote of confidence in the UK economy following the UK Brexit vote: one noteworthy example is China Gezhouba Group’s expression of interest in the UK’s water conservancy projects “to the tune of roughly a billion pounds”.
He sees this year’s G20 Summit as especially meaningful for China and the UK because it is the first face-to-face communication between the UK new prime minster and the Chinese leaders. He calls for “open and result-based cooperation”. He also believes that both countries can cooperate to promote sustainable development among other things.