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Home > Ambassador Liu > Events > 2011
· Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the UK-China Infrastructure Investment Conference Luncheon(2011-11-09)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Lunch for the Conservative Party China Group(2011-11-08)
· Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Confucius Institute, University of Southampton(2011-11-01)
· Speech by Ambassador Liu at the Opening Ceremony of the China-UK Higher Education Roundtable(2011-10-27)
· Speech by Ambassador Liu at the Luncheon hosted by The American European Business Association(2011-10-27)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming At the Opening Ceremony of the Photographic Exhibition(2011-10-20)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with the New Director of Victoria and Albert Museum(2011-10-13)
· Keynote Speech by HE Ambassador Liu Xiaoming At the China Forum At the Conservative Party Conference(2011-10-06)
· "Fashion Shenzhen" Won Great Popularity in Britain(2011-09-23)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Lib Dem Party Conference(2011-09-22)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at 'Fashion Shenzhen' During 2011 London Fashion Week(2011-09-22)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming At the UK Confucius Institute National Conference(2011-09-15)
· Address by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Launch of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Europe(2011-09-07)
· Interview of H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming with The China-United States Exchange Foundation on the Internet and Cybersecurity in China(2011-08-28)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with "UK Now" Chairman Alan Parker(2011-07-26)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Marxism in China Seminar(2011-07-21)
· Embassies of China and the DPRK Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The China-DPRK Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance(2011-07-17)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond(2011-07-13)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the CBBC Scotland China Dinner(2011-07-12)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at Pandamonium in the Park(2011-07-11)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at a Reception for Participants in the Sixth China Executive Leadership Programme, University of Cambridge(2011-07-07)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Reputed British Financier Lord Rothschild(2011-07-06)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives an Interview with CCTV on General Secretary Hu Jintao's Important Speech(2011-07-03)
· The DPRK Ambassador to the UK Congratulates Ambassador Liu Xiaoming on The 90th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China(2011-07-01)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Launch of the 48 Group Club Women Icebreakers(2011-06-30)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming At the Lunch in Honour of the Heart Cells Foundation(2011-06-29)
· People's Daily Publishes Interview with Ambassador Liu Xiaoming: Sino-British Cooperation Faces New Opportunities(2011-06-25)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Briefs Chinese and International Press on Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the UK(2011-06-23)
· Remarks by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception in Honour of Mr Victor Chu, Winner of the 2011 Global Economy Prize of the Kiel Institute(2011-06-22)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Lunch in Honour of British Delegates Attending the China-UK Young Leaders Roundtable(2011-06-17)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Lord Sassoon, Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury(2011-06-15)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Madam Hu Pinghua Attend the Activity of Charity Fair for Victims of the Japanese Earthquake(2011-06-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with British Retired Generals' Delegation to China(2011-06-11)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets K C Chan, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region(2011-06-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with British Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change John Ashton(2011-06-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming met with Chief Minister of Jersey, UK(2011-06-09)
· The Sun Rises in the East(2011-06-06)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the China-UK SME CEO Forum(2011-06-02)
· China's Perspective on Cybersecurity(2011-06-02)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Dinner Marking the 3rd Anniversary of the Founding of the 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers(2011-05-17)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Met with Director General Political Sir Geoffrey Adams of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office(2011-05-12)
· Young People: The future for China-EU Relations(2011-05-07)
· China's Place in the World(2011-05-06)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Chinese Embassy JITSIC Event(2011-05-02)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassdador Liu Xiaoming at the Launch of the English Edition of Zhu Rongji Meets the Press(2011-04-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets With Vice Chief of the Defense Staff(2011-04-09)
· The 12th Five-Year Plan: Making China a Better Place(2011-04-05)
· Crossing the River by Feeling for the Stones(2011-04-05)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends IVCA Awards Ceremony(2011-03-27)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets Young Pianist Li Yundi(2011-03-26)
Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the UK-China Infrastructure Investment Conference Luncheon
Emirates Stadium, London, 8 November 2011
2011/11/09

Lord Green,

Vice Minister Chen Jian,

Assistant Minister Liu Hongwei,

Chairman Lou Jiwei,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today marks another significant advance in China–UK relations.

This progress is the opening of the UK-China Infrastructure Investment Conference.

On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, I am delighted to welcome you all to this Conference.

Infrastructure is a new area of collaboration for our two countries. It has the strong backing of the Chinese and British governments.

In June this year, Premier Wen Jiabao met with Prime Minister David Cameron in London during his visit to the UK. During that meeting, the two Premiers reached agreement on strengthening our infrastructure cooperation.

In September, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Chancellor George Osborne co-chaired the fourth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue in London.

One highlight of the meeting was discussion on infrastructure. This led to China and Britain signing an MOU on strengthening infrastructure cooperation. The MOU also established an infrastructure task force. Our conference today is a first major step to follow up on our leaders' agreement.

Infrastructure investment will add fresh momentum to deepen our commercial ties.

Currently our economic partnership has a focus on trade in goods and services. Through this infrastructure initiative we can expand relations to investment cooperation.

In turn this will take us from one-way to two-way capital flow. Also it will lead us from greenfield investment to equity purchase, then onto merger and acquisition and wider forms of investment.

I am glad that this conference will discuss investment opportunities, operational models and rules of access of the British infrastructure market.

In the course of your discussions I understand that energy, transport and urban development will be identified as three major areas of investment cooperation.

I believe that both Britain and China will greatly benefit from their shared commitment to open market policies.

Chinese investment in British public projects will provide further proof of the level of market openness in Britain. Just as many British businesses have invested in China many Chinese businesses are eager to invest in the UK.

This infrastructure initiative is a welcome signal to Chinese business. They will welcome the potential opportunity for Chinese businesses to go global, diversify investment and raise their international profile.

We have made a good start on the principles. But how are we to build a strong cooperation in infrastructure?

I believe China and Britain should be committed to three important principles for success in this collaboration.

First, we must pursue win-win outcomes. This means improving Britain's infrastructure but also ensuring Chinese enterprises' investment returns in these projects.

Second, we must harness all our strengths in finance, technology and managerial expertise. This provides an opportunity to move from joint financing to joint construction and joint management.

Third, we must build a favorable policy environment. To do so, specific concerns in market access, labor access and equipment certification need to be addressed.

In addition to these three principles we will need to be open-minded and down-to-earth.

Cooperation in infrastructure investment is bound to be a long journey. Our conference today is only the first step.

Going forward, our business leaders will be taking the centre stage. They will have a responsibility to seize opportunities. The outcome can contribute to productive infrastructure cooperation.

That can then lead to a further deepening of our economic partnership.

Thank you!

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