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Interview: New opportunities for promoting Sino-British ties

         New opportunities exist for the promotion of Sino-British relationship while Britain sees China's  development as  pportunities and China considers Britain an important cooperation partner, Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying to Britain has said.
China and Britain are both undertaking far-ranging and deep reforms, and have broadened common strategic interests, Fu said in a recent interview with Xinhua ahead of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit to China.
There are profound public desires for deepening the bilateral relations, Fu said. "The visit by the British prime minister to China will surely push the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Britain to a new height," Fu said.
The Sino-British comprehensive strategic partnership, in recent years, has maintained a momentum of healthy development, with the establishment of a mechanism of annual meetings between top leaders of the two countries, with common views on many important international issues, with steady growth in bilateral trade and investment and with active cultural exchanges, Fu noted.
The Chinese ambassador also said there exist bright prospects for China and Britain to expand service trade and financial cooperation to further deepen the Sino-British ties, adding China is developing its service sector and building the financial system while Britain is advanced in its financial service sector.

       China and Britain are strongly complementary, since China's economy is mainly based on the manufacturing sector and Britain on the service sector. The two sides could strengthen cooperation by using their own advantages, she said. To promote friendship between the two countries, it is important to enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples,Fu said, adding China and Britain both have splendid cultures and the two peoples have strong desires to know each other's.   Beijing and London will host the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012 respectively, which will greatly promote the visits and cultural exchanges between the two countries, the ambassador said.
       She said an event "China Now", to be launched in Britain in February and lasting for six months, will usher in a new upsurge in cultural exchanges between the two countries for better understanding of modern China by the British people.

       Fu added the two countries could also expand concrete cooperation in such areas as dealing with climate change, sustainable development, energy saving and environmental protection.
       Britain, which is in favor of free trade, against protectionism and affirmative to investment by Chinese entrepreneurs, could be a destination for Chinese investment and a springboard for Chinese entrepreneurs and capitals to enter international markets, the ambassador said.