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Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Talks at Request with Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK

On April 19, 2018, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks at request with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom (UK).

Xi Jinping pointed out that during Mrs. Prime Minister's visit to China at the beginning of this year, we reached an important consensus on deeply boosting the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations, and jointly agreed to further elevate the strategic significance, practicality, globality and inclusiveness of bilateral relations, in a bid to jointly lead the relationship between the two countries to continuously move forward. China is willing to work with the UK to strengthen communication and coordination on macro policy, maintain high-level exchanges and institutional communication, promote practical cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and provide more opportunities to upgrade and accelerate the "Golden Era" of bilateral relations. It is hoped that the UK would contribute more positive energy to the development of China-UK relations. Both as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the two countries should continue to deepen international cooperation and make greater contributions to building a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation and promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Theresa May said that she was delighted that the two sides reconfirmed to deepen the "Golden Era" of bilateral relations during her visit to China at the beginning of this year. The UK spoke highly of the new measures of China for further expanding opening up announced by President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018, and welcomed the London-Shanghai Stock Connect which will be launched by the Chinese side. The UK is ready to, together with China, intensify exchanges at high level and in various fields, expand cooperation in various areas, continue to discuss the "Belt and Road" construction, and actively promote the "Golden Era" of bilateral relations.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in Syria and global trade issue. Xi Jinping stressed that China has been greatly concerned over the development of Syria's situation, and has always been against the wanton use of force in international relations. China advocates that the sovereign independence and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and actions should be taken on the basis of the widely accepted rules of the international community. At present, it is necessary to cool down the situation as soon as possible, and avoid the intensification and expansion of the conflict. The alleged chemical attack issue in Syria needs a comprehensive, just and objective investigation, whose reliable results should withstand the test of history. All parties should strive to promote the settlement of the Syrian issue through political means for progress as soon as possible. China stands ready to work with all relevant parties in the international community to continuously make efforts to advance the proper settlement of the Syrian issue.

Xi Jinping pointed out that both China and the UK are beneficiaries and supporters of economic globalization. China is willing to make concerted efforts with all parties including the UK to constantly adhere to the correct standpoint in supporting free trade and actively safeguard multilateral trade system, in a bid to jointly build an open world economy.

Theresa May noted that the UK side, like China, supports free trade and an open economy, and is ready to maintain communication with China on relevant international and regional issues.

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