China and UK to en­rich the ‘Golden Era’ of ties

China Daily European Weekly - - China News - XIN­HUA

China is ready to work with Bri­tain to pro­vide new im­pe­tus to the de­vel­op­ment of a “Golden Era” of Sino-Bri­tish re­la­tions, Vice-Premier Ma Kai said on Dec 16.

Ma made the re­marks when co-chair­ing the ninth China-UK Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Di­a­logue with Bri­tish Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer Philip Ham­mond in Bei­jing.

Seventy-two pol­icy out­comes were reached af­ter the two sides held fruit­ful dis­cus­sions on macroe­con­omy, trade and in­vest­ment, in­dus­trial strate­gies, fi­nan­cial re­forms and de­vel­op­ment, as well as co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of the Belt and Road con­struc­tion.

This year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Bri­tain, which ush­ers in new op­por­tu­ni­ties for deep­en­ing Chi­naBri­tain prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, said Ma.

It was the first China-UK eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial di­a­logue held af­ter the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in Oc­to­ber, and it shoul­ders the im­por­tant task of ful­fill­ing the con­sen­sus reached by both lead­ers and ex­pand­ing eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, he said.

Ma sug­gested both sides seize the strate­gic op­por­tu­nity and con­tin­u­ously deepen co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas such as en­ergy, in­fra­struc­ture, trade and in­vest­ment.

He ex­pressed the hope that the two coun­tries could ex­pand in­dus­trial and in­no­va­tive co­op­er­a­tion, pro­mote the align­ment of the Made in China 2025 strat­egy and UK’s in­dus­trial strat­egy, and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of Belt and Road con­struc­tion.

The vice-premier also called on both sides to steadily push for­ward co­op­er­a­tion in fi­nan­cial ser­vices and RMB in­ter­nal­iza­tion, beef up co­or­di­na­tion in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and jointly pro­mote the re­cov­ery of the world econ­omy.

Ham­mond said the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress set a grand plan for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of China.

He said Bri­tain sup­ports the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and hopes to work with China to deepen al­laround prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, so as to boost the de­vel­op­ment of “Golden Era” of Bri­tain-China re­la­tions.

Bri­tain and China should seize golden op­por­tu­ni­ties to forge a closer global part­ner­ship in the postBrexit era, said Bri­tish Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy Sec­re­tary Greg Clark.

The of­fi­cial, who was in Bei­jing for the China-UK Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Di­a­logue, said that the two coun­tries could fur­ther en­hance their co­op­er­a­tion in such fields as trade, in­vest­ment and clean en­ergy to jointly face global chal­lenges.

Ex­press­ing op­ti­mism about the on­go­ing Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Bri­tain and the Euro­pean Union, Clark said there was “great will” on both sides to have a strong and spe­cial re­la­tion­ship. Mean­while, Bri­tain is will­ing to re­new its en­thu­si­asm for in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ships, es­pe­cially with China, he added.

“In the world af­ter Brexit, Bri­tain will con­tinue to be a place that trades whole­heart­edly with the rest of the Euro­pean Union. For a lot of Chi­nese com­pa­nies and in­vestors be­ing based in Bri­tain, it is still a good place to be part of the Euro­pean sys­tem,” he said.

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