Chinese vice-premier meets with British PM
Visiting Vice-Premier Liu Yandong met with British Prime Minister
Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday, the first full day of her
official visit to the United Kingdom, which lasts until Thursday.
Liu said the successful 19th CPC National Congress has injected new
impetus into future development of the Sino-UK relationship. And the Belt and
Road Initiative provides new opportunities for cooperation between China and the
United Kingdom, she said.
She said the two sides should fully implement the important
consensus of the leaders of both countries, further enhance mutual trust,
properly handle differences and push to new levels practical cooperation in
May extended congratulations for the successful conclusion of the
19th CPC National Congress, saying Britain attaches great importance to the
vision and goals of China’s development blueprint and goals proposed by
President Xi Jinping.
May said the UK is looking forward to
maintaining high-level contacts and dialogues with China, and further
strengthening exchanges and cooperation in fields such as education, science,
technology, innovation, culture and women’s issues.
The UK will remain open to Chinese investment, May said, and
invites more Chinese tourists to visit the country.
The vice-premier came to Britain to co-chair the fifth annual
UK-China High-Level People-to-People Dialogue with Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s
secretary of state for health. She is also expected to attend several events and
meet with a number of senior British officials.
On Tuesday morning, Liu met with Scotland’s
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh, Scotland. They discussed topics
including education, trade and investment, energy and environmental protection,
technology and innovation and cultural connections between China and
Liu said the economic and cultural relations between the two
countries have seen steady growth and China looks forward to deepen
Sturgeon said China is an important export market for Scottish
products such as food, drinks and financial services.
She also said the two countries have strong cultural links and
Scotland continues to draw a significant number of tourists from China every