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British PM, Chinese FM meet over bilateral, int'l issues

2007-12-06

    LONDON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Thursday met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi over bilateral and international issues.

    During their talks, Brown said that he was looking forward to his trip to China, and would work together with Chinese leaders to further strengthen the relationship between Britain and China.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi(L) meets British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London, capital of Britain, Dec. 6, 2007.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi(L) meets British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London, capital of Britain, Dec. 6, 2007.(Xinhua Photo/He Dalong)

    He also welcomed China industries to make investment in Britain, and urged the two countries to enhance cooperation on financial service, education, technology, research as well as development and environment.

    Brown stressed that Britain would adhere to one-China policy, and praised China's constructive role in the international and regional affairs, such as Darfur issue.

    Yang said that the relations between China and Britain have remained good momentum for development, bilateral cooperation on such areas of trade, culture, education have been further deepened, and Britain remains the biggest investor in China among the European Union members.

    The development of Sino-British relations has faced with the important moment of opportunity, and Chinese government highly values developing relations with Britain, said Yang, who arrived here Tuesday at the invitation of his British counterpart David Miliband for a three-day official visit.

    Yang said China hopes that Brown's visit to China in January next year would push forward the development of Sino-British comprehensive strategic partnership relations.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (L) meets British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling in London, capital of Britain, Dec. 
      6, 2007.(Xinhua 
    Photo/He Dalong)

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (L) meets British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling in London, capital of Britain, Dec. 6, 2007.(Xinhua Photo/He Dalong)

    On the relations between China and Europe, Yang praised Britain for its efforts in the development between two sides, and hoped that Britain would continue to push forward the development of Sino-European relations.

    During the meeting, Brown and Yang agreed that the two countries would strengthen consultation and cooperation on international affairs.

    On Thursday, Yang also had talks with Simon McDonald, head of foreign and defense policy to the prime minister, and British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, who also chairs the China Task Force. Yang also had a breakfast meeting with All Party Parliamentary China Group.

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