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Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 22:46

China, Britain to achieve rich results in Xi's visit

By Xinhua

BEIJING - China and Britain are expected to make progress on trade and economic cooperation during President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit, including deals on energy, finance, real estate, medical treatment and automobiles.

"The deals between governments, financial institutes and companies, demonstrated the character of trade cooperation and its future direction," said Assistant Minister of Commerce Zhang Ji at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

Britain is China's second largest trading partner, second largest origin of actual investment and investment destination within the European Union, while China ranks as Britain's fourth largest trading partner.

Trade in 2014 reached US$80.9 billion, up 15.3 percent year on year. Britain is also the EU country with fastest-growing Chinese investment. More than 500 Chinese companies have invested in Britain.

"Better trade relations between China and Britain are important for our relations," Zhang said.

He said the two countries should consolidate traditional trade and look for new opportunities, strengthening cooperation on investment and big projects, such as high-speed rail and nuclear power.

The two countries could make full use of their respective advantages, such as China's equipment manufacturing and funds, and Britain's technology, management and financial services, to explore markets in third countries and build a long-term cooperation mechanism, Zhang added.

Xi's state visit from Oct 19 to 23, the first by a Chinese president for ten years, will include stays in London and Manchester.

According to Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao, Xi will be welcomed  by the Queen Elizabeth II, review the royal horse guards, attend an unofficial luncheon and a welcoming banquet, hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron, meet leaders of opposition parties, and address a banquet hosted by Lord Mayor of the City of London. He will meet and talk with members of the royal family during stay in London.

In Manchester, he will attend a banquet and visit research projects and local businesses.

Facing the complicated international situation and prominent global challenges, corporation between China, Britain and the rest of the EU will help maintain world economic growth, cope with challenges, and promote reforms on international economic and political governance systems.

"China maintains good relations with both Britain and the EU. China supports EU integration and is willing to see Europe play a bigger role in international affairs as a unit," Wang said.

Zhang said China hoped Britain could continue to play a positive role in the EU to promote export of high-tech products to China, and restraint of use of trade remedy measures.

He also called for an early signing of the China-EU investment agreement and an early start of feasibility research on a China-EU free trade area.

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