British Roy­als Role Eyed in Pro­mot­ing Friend­ship for China and the UK

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Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Tues­day that he ex­pects the British royal fam­ily to con­tinue to play an ac­tive role in pro­mot­ing mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship be­tween the Chi­nese and British peo­ple. Mr Xi told vis­it­ing British Prince An­drew that he was look­ing for­ward to a more solid foun­da­tion of pub­lic sup­port for China-UK re­la­tions dur­ing their meet­ing at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing.

The pres­i­dent re­called the suc­cess­ful state visit he paid to Bri­tain in Oc­to­ber, say­ing he was im­pressed by the friendly in­ter­ac­tions he had with Queen El­iz­a­beth II and the wider royal fam­ily.

China ap­pre­ci­ates the royal fam­ily’s longterm con­tri­bu­tion to the China-UK friend­ship, Mr Xi said.

China is will­ing to make joint ef­forts with Bri­tain in en­hanc­ing friendly ex­changes at all lev­els and en­rich­ing co-op­er­a­tion as this year marks the first year of the “golden era” of China-UK re­la­tions, said the pres­i­dent. The two sides should fur­ther in­crease high-level com­mu­ni­ca­tions, run well the bi­lat­eral di­a­logue mech­a­nisms, con­stantly deepen prag­matic co-op­er­a­tion in or­der to bet­ter ben­e­fit the two peo­ples, he said. China and Bri­tain are cul­tural power na­tions with long his­to­ries, Mr Xi said, call­ing on both coun­tries to im­prove peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes and cul­tural co-op­er­a­tion. Prince An­drew, the Duke of York, said that he was will­ing to work with the Chi­nese side to in­crease peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tact and make the “golden era” truly shine.

Photo: Xin­hua

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (right), with vis­it­ing British Prince An­drew, the Duke of York, in Bei­jing.

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