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Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen Attends Symposium on Britain, Brexit and the BRI at the Parliament
2019/05/02

On April 30, Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen attended and addressed the Symposium on Britain, Brexit and the BRI held by All Party Parliamentary Group for the BRI and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at the Parliament. Over 60 people were present, including Faisal Rashid MP, Chairman of APPG for the BRI and CPEC, Sir Douglas Flint CBE, the UK Treasury's Belt and Road envoy, Barry Gardiner MP, Labour Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Matthew Rous, Chief Executive of China-Britain Business Council, David Henig, Project Director of European Centre for International Political Economy, and Antoine Levesques, Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, as well as representatives from the Parliament, industrial and business, academic and media sectors of the UK.

Chen noted that the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held in Beijing successfully last week, would create new space for BRI cooperation, provide new mechanisms for deeper cooperation on BRI and serve as a new contribution to upholding the international system.

“The UK is a ‘natural partner’ of China in advancing BRI”, she said. “BRI will serve as a new ‘growth point’ for the mutually-beneficial cooperation between China and the UK. It will create more opportunities for a post-Brexit Britain to expand global market. BRI development and China-UK relations will reinforce each other and achieve common progress.”

“China stands ready to work with the UK to ensure that China-UK cooperation on BRI is at a higher standard, of higher quality and with higher return. Let’s join hands to promote the steady and sustained development of the China-UK ‘Golden Era’”!

Flint said that the BRI is an upgraded globalization and a great transformation of international economic cooperation. He is honored attending the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and offering policy suggestions as a member of the advisory board of the Forum. President Xi Jinping’s farsighted speech at the opening ceremony has responded to the concerns of the outside world. This Forum has clarified the goal and measures of the BRI cooperation in the future, demonstrated the BRI visions of open, green and clean cooperation, advocated the spirit of multilateralism and promoted global partnership and connectivity, which brought a huge opportunity for the international community to participate in the BRI construction.

Gardiner said that the international cooperation on the BRI is conducive to facilitating infrastructure construction, poverty alleviation and industrialization in developing countries, promoting regional interconnection and integration, and achieving mutually beneficial and win-win results for all countries. He expressed the hope that the BRI would adhere to high standards with more transparency and sustainability to contribute to a free and fair multilateral trading system.

Rous said that President Xi’s speech at the opening ceremony of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is very impressive. Based on a problem-oriented approach, it has made a solemn commitment to the transparency of the BRI cooperation, green development, compliance with international standards, and multilateral cooperation. As a natural partner of the BRI, Britain would seize the opportunities, make full use of its unique strengths on finance, law and soft power, strengthen the docking with China, and promote the implementation of specific cooperation projects, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

The participants acclaimed the opportunities and outcomes created by the China-proposed initiative for the whole world. The BRI, following the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, has brought more opportunities for the common development of all countries. China-UK cooperation on the BRI is promising, and the two countries can cooperate in third-country market, including projects such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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