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Ambassador Fu Ying Called on Foreign Affairs Advisor to British Prime Minister

On 9 May, H.E. Mme. Fu Ying called on Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the British Prime Minister. They exchanged opinions on bilateral relations and other issues of common concern.

After welcoming Ambassador Fu Ying, Sir Nigel Sheinwald said that, although it is the crucial period for the shift of power in the UK Government, developing relations with China will remain a priority in the UK's foreign policy. As a senior member of Blair's cabinet for the past ten years, Godron Brown participated in all the major decision-makings of Blair's government. When Brown assumes office as the Prime Minister, continuity will be maintained in the UK's foreign policy, especially on the policy on UK-China relations. Brown has played an active role in the comprehensive development of UK-China relations in the past several years. After Brown takes office, developing relations with China will remain to be one of the priorities in the British foreign policy, and he will visit China at a time convenient for both sides as soon as possible. Sir Nigel Sheinwald also conveyed Prime Minister Blair's greetings to the Chinese leaders.

Fu Ying said she was glad that the Brown government will continue to regard developing relations with China as a priority in the British foreign policy. Currently, China-UK relations are dynamic and are developing fast. Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Prescott of the UK paid a successful visit to China and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi of China held a fruitful talk with Foreign Secretary Beckett of the UK in Egypt. Later this month, Ms. Beckett will pay a visit to China. As the Chinese ambassador, Fu is looking forward to cooperating closely with the UK to further expand cooperation in the various fields between the two countries and push the bilateral relations to a new height.

They also exchanged opinions on climate change, illegal immigrants and the policy consultation mechanism.