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Mayor of London Pays Condolences to the Victims of the Wenchuan Earthquake
2008/05/21

On 20 May new Mayor of London Boris Johnson wrote a letter to Ambassador Fu Ying expressing his condolences to the victims of the Wenchuan earthquakes.

In the letter he wrote: I would like to express my sympathy and condolences to the Chinese government and people for the earthquake that hit Sichuan recently. London people have expressed their care for those who have lost their loved ones in the disaster. The UK government, both central and local, has taken measures to help the disaster areas. I will continue to encourage Londoners to do what they can to help with the disaster relief.

On 21 May Deputy Mayor Ian Clement came to the Chinese embassy to offer condolences to the victims of the Wenchuan earthquake. He wrote on the condolence book: My support and best wishes at this time of need to the Chinese people on behalf of the mayor and Londoners. You are an inspiration not only to London but also to the world. Your strong will and hard work in the process of disaster relief is commendable both today and in the future.

Fu Ying thanked the London government and people for their deep sympathy and friendship towards the Chinese people. She also introduced the progress of the rescue and relief work and the moving stories of the Chinese people and soldiers in this process. She exchanged views with Clement on cooperation between China and London.

Clement said that the London government values its relations with China. The Olympics has provided a good opportunity for closer cooperation between the two cities. The New government in London is ready to keep the continuity of the cooperation with the Chinese side and promote the further development of the friendly relations between Beijing and London.

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