On November 9, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Ma Kai, who was attending the 8th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue, met with Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK in London.
Ma Kai first conveyed sincere greetings and warm regards from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Theresa May. He expressed that President Xi Jinping and Mme. Prime Minister reaffirmed the general direction of the “golden era” of China-UK relations during their first meeting in Hangzhou. Next year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-UK diplomatic relations. China is willing to take this opportunity to, together with the UK side, further enhance bilateral political mutual trust, elevate the level of bilateral practical cooperation and strengthen coordination in international affairs so as to jointly push for the in-depth development of China-UK global comprehensive strategic partnership in the 21st century.
Ma Kai noted that fulfilling relevant regulations in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is an obligation of WTO members. China firmly opposes any covert practices that extend the “surrogate country” approach and expects the UK side to uphold a just stand in this regard and perform its duty in an all-round and clean manner as scheduled.
Theresa May said that it is a pleasure to meet with President Xi Jinping this September in Hangzhou. After its exit from the EU, the UK will further improve its global comprehensive strategic partnership with China. The economic and financial dialogue is an important part of UK-China relations as well as a significant reflection of the “golden era” of UK-China relations. Hoping to see more Chinese enterprises to invest in the country, the UK supports, further encourages and implements the free trade practice.
(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)