|Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui Holds Consultation with Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister of State in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office|
On August 29, 2007, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui held consultation in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister of State in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Zhang expressed welcome to Lord Malloch-Brown as the first member of cabinet in the new British government to visit China, adding that since the establishment of the new British government, China-Britain relations have maintained continuity and achieved new progress. China is ready to make joint efforts with Britain to build political trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation in such key areas as trade, finance, energy, education, science and technology, culture and the Olympic Games, in a bid to push forward bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.
Lord Malloch-Brown said the new British government attaches great importance to developing ties with China and appreciates China's important role in international affairs, adding his country's willingness to further develop constructive cooperative ties with China. Prime Minister Gordon Brown looks forward to visiting China soon and also hopes that both sides will maintain the annual meeting mechanism between their government leaders and promote bilateral cooperation in all fields, said Lord Malloch-Brown. He also reaffirmed his country's adherence to the one-China policy.
Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.