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Snapshot of China-British relations

By Zhan Qianhui

President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United Kingdom from Oct 19 to 23, which will be the first official visit by Chinese President over the past 10 years. Since China and Britain established the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2004, both countries have made great contributions to the development of bilateral ties. Let's take a look back at major moments of China-Britain relations.

March 2015

UK's Prince William visits China

Snapshot of China-British relations

President Xi Jinping meets with Britain's Prince William at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 2, 2015. (Photo / Agencies)

Prince William's visit marks the highest profile royal visit to China since 1986, when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip travelled to the country.

The second-in-line to the throne was on a three-day trip to China on behalf of the UK government to open a festival celebrating British creativity and innovation, the first major event in a year of cultural exchange between the countries.

William has been to Beijing, Shanghai and Yunnan province during his visit.

June 2014

Premier Li Keqiang visits Britain

Snapshot of China-British relations

Premier Li Keqiang holds a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, June 17, 2014. (Photo / Xinhua)

China and Britain issued a joint statement on working together to push forward bilateral cooperation in growth, reform and innovation.

The two countries agreed to intensify bilateral policy dialogue and practical collaboration through the China-Britain Working Group on Climate Change, according to a joint statement released by both sides.

Premier Li Keqiang delivered a speech "Inclusive Development: A Better World for All" to British think tanks.

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