Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday said now is the right time for China and the United Kingdom to seek stronger cooperation, Xinhua reports. “We are transforming the mode of economic development, restructuring the economy and encouraging companies to go abroad quickly, while the UK is boosting reform and welcomes foreign investment. This is the moment for stronger cooperation,” Xi told visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“We expect the UK to be more active and open in its collaboration with China and to create a more accommodating environment,” Xi said, calling for the two countries to share experience on reform and innovation. Stressing that the two countries are major economies and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Xi said China-UK relations not only impact the two countries, but also have global significance.
Xi called on the two countries to go beyond the differences in their national conditions, systems and values to deepen understanding, respect each other,take care of each other’s major concerns and core interests, enhance mutual trust, map the future of bilateral relations and boost long-term bilateral cooperation.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to enhance political and economic ties with the UK as the latter’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, voiced opposition against “Tibet Independence.”
“We two countries must insist on mutual respect and equal treatment, understand and take care of each other’s major concerns, properly handle sensitive issues and push for more vigor and results in the Chinese-British comprehensive strategic partnership,” Li told Cameron during their Monday talks.
Cameron, whose China tour was delayed since his last meeting with the Dalai Lama in May 2012, said Britain respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, recognizes Tibet as part of China and does not support “Tibet Independence.”
Li suggested the two countries bolster trade and investment, enhance fiscal and financial cooperation, deepen high-tech cooperation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and consolidate communication and cooperation on international and regional issues.
He highlighted China’s advantage in nuclear energy and high-speed railway, encouraging China and Britain to tap market potential in the third country.
Li urged Britain to stick to its anti-protectionism stance, insist on market transparency and openness, maintain the stability and constance of its investment policy, treat Chinese capital, technology and equipment equally and protect the interests of Chinese investors.