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Xi Jinping Meets with UK Prime Minister Theresa May

On February 1, 2018, President Xi Jinping met at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK, who was paying an official visit to China.

Xi Jinping first asked Theresa May to convey his warm greetings and best wishes to Queen Elizabeth II. Xi Jinping pointed out that the UK is the first major Western country to recognize the People's Republic of China. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the cooperation between the two countries in various fields has achieved fruitful outcomes. In 2015, I paid a successful visit to the UK, and China and the UK jointly ushered in the "Golden Chapter" of bilateral relations. China is ready to work with the UK to promote healthy and stable development of China-UK relations in the new era, so as to bring more benefits to the two peoples and contribute more to the prosperity and stability of the world.

Xi Jinping stressed that at present, with the deepening of the world multipolarization, economic globalization, social informatization and cultural diversification, all mankind share weal and woe in their future, and peace, development, cooperation and win-win results have become the mainstream of the times. Both China and the UK should conform to the trend of the times, combine the needs of respective development stage and cooperation, and endow the China-UK relations with new epochal connotation to jointly build an enhanced version of the "Golden Era". First is to elevate the strategic significance of the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations and to view and plan the future development of bilateral relations from a strategic and global perspective. China and the UK should continue to well host high-level dialogue mechanisms in areas of strategy, finance as well as people-to-people and cultural engagement, and constantly consolidate the political foundation of the "Golden Era". Both sides should strengthen dialogue and exchanges between legislative bodies, political parties and militaries of the two countries, enhance mutual understanding, respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, and deal with sensitive issues in a constructive way. Second is to enhance the practicality of the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations in a bid to elevate the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries to a new stage. Both sides should strengthen the alignment of development strategies of the two countries, deepen cooperation in such fields as finance, nuclear power and investment, and explore cooperation in such new fields as artificial intelligence, green energy, digital economy and sharing economy. China supports the economic globalization and trade liberalization. The Belt and Road Initiative, a public, transparent, open, inclusive as well as mutually beneficial and win-win initiative, upholds the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and is operated under the market law and international rules. China and the UK could carry out mutually beneficial cooperation on a wider scale, with a higher standard and in a deeper level within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. Third is to expand the globality of the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations and deepen exchanges and cooperation within the multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, the G20 and the World Trade Organization, and push for the settlement of global challenges such as climate change, so as to jointly promote the world peace and stability. Fourth is to promote the inclusiveness of the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations, carry forward the traditional concept of the two cultures featuring inclusiveness, respect for differences and drawing upon the strengths of others, promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, enhance exchanges and friendship between the two countries, and consolidate the public opinion foundation of the relations between the two countries, so as to promote exchanges and mutual learning between the Eastern and the Western civilizations and set an example of harmonious coexistence for countries with different civilizations.

Theresa May conveyed Queen Elizabeth II's warm greetings to President Xi Jinping and expressed her agreement on President Xi Jinping's comments on UK-China relations. President Xi Jinping's successful state visit to the UK in 2015 opened the "Golden Era" for UK-China relations and promoted in-depth development of bilateral relations in various fields. The UK shares similar views with China on many global issues and attaches importance to China's significant role in international affairs. President Xi Jinping's speech at the World Economic Forum last year was widely welcomed by the international community. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping has far-reaching global impact, and it is hoped that the UK and China will carry out cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative to promote global and regional economic growth. The UK advocates free trade and is willing to strengthen practical cooperation in trade, investment, science and technology, environment, people-to-people and cultural engagement and the Internet and intensify communication and coordination on major international and regional affairs with China, so as to jointly commit to promoting the global comprehensive strategic partnership between the UK and China facing the 21st century.

Member of the Political Bureau of Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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