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Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen Meets with James Henry Lau, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of Hong Kong SAR Government

On May 7, Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen met at the Chinese Embassy with James Henry Lau Jr. JP, the visiting Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of Hong Kong SAR Government.

China-UK relations enjoy a sound momentum, maintaining frequent high-level exchanges, with ever-deepening pragmatic cooperation and ever-closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges, said Chen. Last week, Philip Hammond MP, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and special Representative of Prime Minister May, attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China. The positive results of this trip have injected new impetus into China-UK BRI cooperation. The two sides also agreed to hold a new round of China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue, which is expected to open up new prospects for the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries. Chen expressed her hope that Hong Kong, as a bridge and a bond for China-UK relations, would continue to give play to its unique strengths, seize the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, tell Hong Kong’s story well, innovate and develop ideas, so as to help promote the steady and sustained development of the China-UK “Golden Era”.

Lau noted that during his visit in the UK, he had extensive contact with people from HM Treasury and the UK industrial and business sectors, and was deeply impressed by the enthusiasm of various British sectors to participate in the cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative. He hoped that Hong Kong could continue to serve as a gateway to markets in the areas of Fintech, inclusive finance and SME financing, etc. in China and Southeast Asia. There is a broad prospect for cooperation between Hong Kong and Britain. Hong Kong would continue to make full use of its location and its advantages in system and financial service to seize the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area to contribute to the development of China and China-UK cooperation.

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