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Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field of the UK

2017/08/22

On August 22, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request with Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field of the UK in Beijing.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-UK diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, and also witnesses the in-depth development of the “Golden Era” of China-UK relations. The successful meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Theresa May again during the G20 Hamburg Summit last month has charted the course for the development of bilateral relations in the next phase. China stands ready to work with the UK to well implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, deepen cooperation within the “Belt and Road” framework, enhance communication on international and regional issues, and respect each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns, so as to propel the China-UK global comprehensive strategic partnership for the 21st century for in-depth development. Wang Yi deeply expounded China’s stance on Hong Kong-related issues.

Mark Field noted that the UK government attaches great importance to developing its relations with China and adheres to the general direction of the “Golden Era” of bilateral relations. The UK is committed to reinforcing cooperation with China in trade, finance, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, security and other fields. The country supports and hopes to actively participate in cooperation under the “Belt and Road” framework and stands ready to join hands with China to cope with global challenges and safeguard world peace, stability and development. Mark Field reiterated that the UK firmly supports the “one country, two systems” policy on Hong Kong issue, and objects to “Hong Kong independence”.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the South China Sea issue and other topics.

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