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China, Britain reaffirm 'golden era' for ties

By Xinhua

China, Britain reaffirm 'golden era' for ties
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) welcomes Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi (R) as they meet for the UK-China Strategic Dialogue meeting on Dec 20, 2016. (AFP / Ben Stansall)

LONDON  -- China and Britain on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to a "golden era" for Sino-Br itish bilateral ties amid Br exit uncertainty.

The latest mutual reassurance emerged as the eighth China-UK Strategic Dialogue was held in London. The dialogue was co-chaired by visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Britain is willing to advance bilateral cooperation with China in areas including economy and trade, investment, aviation and infrastructure construction

Yang said that China stands ready to fully implement the important consensus reached by the two countries' leaders along with the British side. The two sides should strengthen strategic communication , enhance political mutual trust and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation to promote the development of the bilateral ties as well as world's peace, stability and development, he said.

Chinese and British leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in China in September, months after the Brexit referendum and British government reshuffle. Leaders of the two countries reassured each other of commitment and confidence in a "golden era" for bilateral relations.

Yang said that the two countries should have frequent exchanges at all levels, and advance pragmatic cooperation in various areas such as investment, trade, finance, innovation and infrastructure construction.

He also urged both countries to push forward people-to-people exchanges, and strengthen communication and coordination within a multilateral framework to solve regional and international issues.

On his part, Johnson said that his country is "unswervingly committed" to developing a strategic partnership with China and building the "golden era" for bilateral relations.

Johnson said Britain is willing to strengthen strategic communication with the Chinese side as well as advance bilateral cooperation in areas including economy and trade, investment, aviation and infrastructure construction.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

The two sides issued a joint declaration on the Afghanistan issue after the dialogue.

China, Britain reaffirm 'golden era' for ties
British Prime Minister Theresa May (R) sits with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi (L) for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Dec 20, 2016. (AFP / Carl Court)

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