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Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with British Foreign Secretary

2007-12-05

On December 5, 2007, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in London.

The relations between China and Britain have maintained good momentum for development, said Yang. With deepening economic globalization, countries are becoming increasingly interdependent and their interests are more closely intertwined, said Yang, adding that strengthening bilateral cooperation is of fundamental interests for both China and Britain, and is also conducive to world peace and stability. Yang praised Britain for its adherence to the one-China policy.

Hailing China's rapid growth, Miliband said as a cooperative partner of China, Britain would continue to make efforts in deepening the relations between the two countries.

Yang and Miliband agreed to work together to make full preparations for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's upcoming visit to China to ensure its positive results, and to strengthen cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, culture, education, research and development, Olympic Games and youth. They also agreed to jointly oppose trade protectionism, strengthen consultation and cooperation on international and regional issues, such as climate change, and work together to push forward the development of Sino-European relations.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and the situation in Sudan's Darfur.

Following the talks, the two jointly met with the journalists. Miliband reiterated Britain's adherence to the one-China policy. "We do not support the proposed referendum in Taiwan for it to gain membership of the United Nations under the name of Taiwan," said he, adding that any "reckless" maneuvers were to "be deplored."

On the morning of the same day, Yang Jiechi also delivered a speech at Britain's Royal Institute of International Affairs. He pointed out that China's rapid development offers more opportunities for the development of Sino-European and Sino-British ties. China and Europe do not have conflict of fundamental interests and follow similar principles in addressing international issues. The interests of both sides increasingly overlap and the two sides are attracted to each other's culture. Both sides should build stronger political mutual trust, promote greater mutual understanding, properly manage differences and work together for an even brighter future of Sino-European, Sino-British ties and an even better world, Yang added.

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