Golden Era of China-U.K. Re­la­tions

China Today (English) - - FOCUS -

As Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping waved to wel­com­ing crowds from the glit­ter­ing Di­a­mond Ju­bilee State Coach, China-U.K. ties ap­pro­pri­ately en­tered a “golden era.”

The Chi­nese pres­i­dent’s lat­est visit re­con­firmed that the U.K. now needs China, whose GDP is triple-to-quadru­ple its own, more than ever be­fore. The Fi­nan­cial Times said Xi’s visit was the “most im­por­tant diplo­matic visit to Bri­tain in sev­eral years,” and would “re­cal­i­brate the U.K.’s great-power re­la­tions.”

This so-called “su­per state visit” yielded im­pres­sive out­comes – eco­nomic and trade deals worth a record ₤ 40 bil­lion. No­table among them is China Guang­dong Nu­clear Power Hold­ing’s coin­vest­ment and one-third stake in the planned Hink­ley Point C nu­clear plant, the first nu­clear power project in the U.K. for 20 years or more.

Pres­i­dent Xi said that, in the fields of sports, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism, film and TV, the essence of Chi­nese and Bri­tish cul­tures has pro­duced a fan­tas­tic “chem­i­cal re­ac­tion” in their re­spec­tive peo­ples’ ways of think­ing and life­style.

Un­like China-U.S. ties, which are com­par­a­tively pru­dent and nu­anced, the China-U.K. amity is forth­right and salient. China and the U.K. dis­cussed for weeks an ap­pro­pri­ate def­i­ni­tion for cur­rent bi­lat­eral ties, ac­cord­ing to the Fi­nan­cial Times. China first de­scribed 2015 as a “big year” for ties. U.K. of­fi­cials then coun­tered with a “golden year.” By the time PM David Cameron spoke to Premier Li Ke­qiang over the phone, how­ever, he had up­graded the term to “golden era.”

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