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UK MPs and Senior Officials Advocate Further Strengthening Sino-UK Cooperation

On January 14, the All-Party Parliamentary China Group of the UK Parliament held 2008 Annual Reception in the Parliament. Tony Baldry MP, Vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group, Meg Munn MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State and Mr. Pan Hejun, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of the Chinese Embassy in the UK delivered speeches.

Mr. Baldry and Ms. Munn denoted that Sino-UK relationship is the best ever in history. Prime Minister Gordon Brown will visit China. Both sides will announce their new trade target, strengthen cooperation in education, health, culture and sustainable development, and will make in-depth exchanges on major international issues of common concerns. In this context, the UK Parliament and MPs are getting more and more interested in China. The All-Party Parliamentary China Group keeps expanding and has nearly 500 members now which is the second largest group in the Parliament. The China Group has made a lot of efforts for promotion of friendship between the two countries, continuously strengthening exchanges with the National People's Congress of China, and deepening its understanding of China. The China Group will continuously commit to promote Sino-UK relationship and will strengthen its relationship with the National People's Congress of China.

Ms. Munn also said that Chinese people are enjoying more and more freedom now and China has played a constructive role in international issues. China's reform and opening up has lifted 5oo million people out of poverty, made China the engine of the global economic growth, and has provided more opportunities for UK service industry. More and more Chinese enterprises are intended to invest in UK and the interdependence between the two economies is being further strengthened.

Mr. Pan Hejun, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of the Chinese Embassy, highly evaluated current situation and potentials of Sino-UK relationship and appreciated efforts made by the China Group for promoting friendship between the two countries and parliaments. He denoted that Prime Minister Brown will visit China soon, Beijing and London will hold the Olympic Games in succession and UK business circle will initiate large-scale "China Now" event, these provide more opportunities for further development of Sino-UK relations. The Chinese Embassy in the UK will as always strengthen its cooperation with the All-Party Parliamentary China Group and all walks of life in UK so as to joint promote all-round Sino-UK cooperation.

Nearly 150 guests from the Parliament, government, business circle and academia attended the reception.