“Despite the unexpected changes following the Brexit referendum and British government reshuffle, the vital interests that bond our two countries together, and the fundamentals of China-UK relations, have remained unchanged,” said ChineseAmbassador Liu Xiaoming on September 27th in London.
The remarks were made at the reception marking the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China when Ambassador Liu stressed that British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the G20 Summit in Hangzhou and had a successful bilateral meeting with President Xi. The leaders of the two countries reaffirmed the "Golden Era" for UK-China relationship and reiterated the shared commitment to bringing the global comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level. The ambassador was also pleased to see that just days ago the British government approved the Hinkley Point project and reaffirmed its welcome to Chinese investment in the UK. Additionally, Chinese businesses have maintained enthusiastic to do business in the UK despite the Brexit referendum. They have cast their "vote of confidence" with continued investments and contracts.
|Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Chancellor Hammond|
There will soon be the 8th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, the 8th UK-China Strategic Dialogue and the 4th meeting of UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue. Next year will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ambassadorial-level diplomatic ties between China and the UK when both sides are expected to review the past experience. The ambassador said that it would be an opportunity to create even deeper foundations upon which the future of the relations would be built.
He went on to say that China stood ready to work with Britain to further increase political mutual trust, deepen exchanges and cooperation across the board, and consolidate China-UK global comprehensive strategic partnership in the "Golden Era".
Chancellor Hammond, Secretary Hunt, Lords and MPs, members of other countries’ diplomatic corps among 500 distinguished guests attended the reception.