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Decades of friendship

By chinadaily.com.cn

Decades of friendship

Then-Preside nt Hu Jintao and first lady Liu Yongqing are welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in London, Nov 8, 2005. ( Photo / Xinhua)

President Hu Jintao paid a state visit to the UK at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II in November, 2005.

Hu said that China and the UK have established a comprehensive strategic partnership, with their strategic interests steadily expanding and mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples growing.

The queen said China's development has caught the world's attention and admiration.

Decades of friendship

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives then-Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at Buckingham Palace in London, May 11, 2004. ( Photo / Xinhua)

In May 2004, Premier Wen Jiabao paid an official visit to the UK. The two sides issued a joint statement to announce the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the UK.

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