‘Golden-era re­la­tions' con­tinue, May says

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By LI XIAOKUN

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May brushed aside un­cer­tain­ties about re­la­tions be­tween Bei­jing and Lon­don on Mon­day, say­ing the “golden-era re­la­tions will con­tinue”.

May made the re­mark to re­porters on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince. She then headed for a one-on-one meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

By us­ing the term “golden-era re­la­tions”, May echoed her pre­de­ces­sor, David Cameron, who stepped down ear­lier this year after the United King­dom’s ref­er­en­dum on Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship.

“It will be an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss how we can take for­ward the gold­en­era re­la­tions be­tween our two coun­tries and build a strong eco­nomic and global part­ner­ship that works in the in­ter­ests of both,” she said of the com­ing meet­ing.

“This is my first visit to China, and I would like to thank the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Hangzhou for wel­com­ing us here and host­ing a mag­nif­i­cent sum­mit in the city,” she added.

“I’ve been clear that the de­ci­sion about Hink­ley will be taken later this month. Our re­la­tion­ship with China is about more than Hink­ley, if you look at the in­vest­ment from China in var­i­ous other parts of the United King­dom,” May said.

After tak­ing of­fice, May halted the con­struc­tion of Hink­ley Point C nu­clear power sta­tion, a partly Chi­nese-funded project in south­west Eng­land.

Asked about the de­ci­sion to de­lay the plant, Lon­don Mayor Jef­frey Moun­te­vans told Xin­hua News Agency that the city wants to see the is­sue re­solved rapidly be­cause it is keen on part­ner­ships with Chi­nese busi­nesses.

In their meet­ing, both Xi and May vowed to boost “mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and trust”. They agreed to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in fields in­clud­ing trade, in­vest­ment, fi­nance and le­gal en­force­ment.

DAMIR SAGOLJ / REUTERS

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (R) shakes hands with Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May dur­ing the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, China Septem­ber 4,

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