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Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen Meets with Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong SAR Government

On May 21, Charge d'Affaires a.i. Chen Wen met at the Embassy with the Hon. Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP, the visiting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong SAR Government.

Chen reviewed the current sound momentum in China-UK relations. The recent visits to China by Philip Hammond MP, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer as special Representative of Prime Minister May at the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China and Sir Mark Sedwill, UK Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and National Security Adviser and a delegation of secretaries of various departments showed that the two countries are working closely to advance the “Golden Era” of China-UK relations. Very soon, a new round of China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue will be held in London, and the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries is facing new opportunities.

Chen pointed out that against the counter-flow of unilateralism and trade protectionism, China and the UK are important forces in advocating free trade. She hoped that Hong Kong, as an international free port, would continue to give play to its strengths, actively integrate into the overall development of the motherland, and promote the concept of free trade, so as to facilitate the development of China-UK relations and global trade.

Secretary Yau said that since Hong Kong's return, it has made remarkable achievements and has served as a bridge for the exchanges and cooperation between China and the world. For example, BT recently obtained the license for operating in Mainland China through The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement and became the first foreign company to provide network services in China. Not long ago, the representatives of Hong Kong participated in 11 of the 12 sub-forums of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The Belt and Road Initiative has created huge opportunities for Hong Kong's own development and its cooperation with other countries. As an international financial and free trade centre, Hong Kong is ready to seize the opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, to make due contribution to the development of the motherland and China-UK cooperation.

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