Har­vest of greater har­mony

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron’s visit to China, the first high-level con­tact be­tween the two coun­tries in more than two years, is widely per­ceived as sym­bol­iz­ing the two coun­tries’ ef­forts to bring bi­lat­eral ties back on the right track. Ties be­tween China and the United King­dom plum­meted af­ter Cameron met the Dalai Lama in May 2012, a move that China saw as in­ter­fer­ence in its in­ter­nal af­fairs. Since then, bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion has lagged be­hind China’s in­ter­ac­tion with other coun­tries in Europe, such as Ger­many and France.

China and the UK can­not af­ford to al­low such an un­de­sir­able trend to con­tinue. At present, some 120,000 Chi­nese stu­dents are study­ing in Bri­tain, which is just one fruit stemming from the deep roots of peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes be­tween the two na­tions.

Prior to his visit, Cameron opened an ac­count on Sina Weibo, China’s pop­u­lar mi­cro blog web­site, to say hello to Chi­nese peo­ple. In two days, it at­tracted more than 125,000 fol­low­ers, which of­fers another per­spec­tive from which to gauge the po­ten­tially fer­tile soil of China-Bri­tish friend­ship.

Cameron was ac­com­pa­nied by a 100-mem­ber strong busi­ness del­e­ga­tion, a clear sig­nal that both na­tions are ready to lift bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in trade to a higher level.

On Mon­day, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and Cameron at­tended the sign­ing of 10 bi­lat­eral agree­ments. Break­throughs have been made in high-speed rail­ways and nu­clear en­ergy.

The UK has reaf­firmed its re­spect for China’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, and Li said in his joint news con­fer­ence with Cameron on Mon­day that China and Bri­tain have be­come in­dis­pens­able part­ners in each other’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. Cameron also threw his weight be­hind the sign­ing of a free trade agree­ment be­tween China and the Euro­pean Union.

All th­ese pos­i­tive re­sults and re­marks will help pave the way for bi­lat­eral ties to flour­ish.

As per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, China and the UK also have the po­ten­tial to bet­ter co­or­di­nate their stance in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs so that the two can con­trib­ute more to world peace and sta­bil­ity.

The ups and downs in their ties show it is cru­cial that the two coun­tries re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests, han­dle their dif­fer­ences in a proper and ac­cept­able man­ner and look for­ward to the fu­ture fruit of their co­op­er­a­tion.

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