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· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception Celebrating Mr. Stephen Perry Being Awarded the China Reform and Friendship Medal: Reform Promotes Development and Cooperation Enhances Friendship(2019-01-15)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds Talks with British Academicians(2019-01-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Professor Chan Siu-chee, Secretary for Food and Health of Hong Kong SAR Government(2019-01-10)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Oxford and Cambridge Club: China is Firmly Committed to Peaceful Development and Win-Win Cooperation(2019-01-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Stephen Perry, Awardee of China Reform Friendship Medal and Chairman of the 48 Group Club(2019-01-08)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled China's reform heralds a bright new future(2019-01-01)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester(2018-12-20)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Dinner of the Business Community in Manchester: Hold High the Banner of Openness and Create a Brighter Future(2018-12-20)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the University of Manchester: Promote Development through Cooperation on Innovation(2018-12-19)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Presents the First Biometric Visa to a British Scholar(2018-12-18)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the "Pitch@Palace" Global 3.0(2018-12-14)
· The Chinese Embassy Holds the Commemorative Event of the 40th Anniversary of China's Reform and Opening up(2018-12-13)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled China stands ready to make trade open and inclusive(2018-12-13)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Commemorative Event of the 40th Anniversary of China's Reform and Opening up: Great Cause, Great Achievements and Great Future(2018-12-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the 40th Anniversary Ceremony of the Bank of China (UK) Limited London Chinatown Branch(2018-12-11)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Bank of China London Chinatown Branch 40th Anniversary Ceremony: Move Forward in Openness and Cooperate for Win-Win Results(2018-12-11)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Madam Hu Pinghua Visit Staffordshire, UK(2018-12-10)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Keele World Affairs Meeting: Reform Advances Development in China and Opening up Promotes Progress in the World(2018-12-07)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Launch Dinner of the China-UK Charity Initiative in the City of London(2018-12-05)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Launch Dinner of the China-UK Charity Initiative: Build the Bridge of Open Cooperation for All(2018-12-05)
· The City of London Corporation Bestowed upon H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming the Freedom of the City(2018-12-04)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Freedom Ceremony of the City of London: Firm Confidence in a Brighter and Shared Future(2018-12-04)
· The British Magazine FIRST Published A Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Upholding Multilateralism(2018-11-29)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Sixth Cambridge University International Real Estate Finance and Investment Conference: Build a Platform for Open Cooperation together and Share the Opportunities for Development and Prosperity(2018-11-28)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Belt and Road Initiative and Green Finance Forum: Deepen Cooperation on Green Finance for More Progress in Belt and Road Development(2018-11-27)
· The British Journal Asia House Insights Published A Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Openness and Cooperation is the Only Road Leading to Prosperity and Development in Asia and the World(2018-11-22)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled China's focus is on peace, co-operation and hard work(2018-10-20)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled China can't let the law of the jungle harm world trade(2018-10-05)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Concert Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China and the 25th Anniversary of the Chopsticks Club: A Choral of Cooperation, A Dream of Friendship(2018-09-30)
· The Chinese Embassy Holds Reception Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China(2018-09-29)
· Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception Marking the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China(2018-09-28)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong SAR Government(2018-09-27)
· The Politics First Magazine Published A Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled How to Ensure the Steady and Sustained Development of the China-UK "Golden Era"(2018-09-22)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Annual Commonwealth Diplomats Induction Programme: China Stays Committed to Peaceful Development(2018-09-20)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Talks about Sino-US Trade Disputes: Win-win Cooperation is the Only Right Path toward a Better Future(2018-09-20)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Talks about the South China Sea Issue: No One Should Underestimate China's Will and Determination(2018-09-20)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Visit London Design Biennale 2018(2018-09-19)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends "Vision China" Hosted by China Daily and Delivers a Keynote Speech(2018-09-15)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Beijing Summit Gave Wings to China-Africa Cooperation(2018-09-15)
· Madam Hu Pinghua Accepts the 48 Group Club "Women's Icebreakers" Award(2018-09-14)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at "Vision China" Hosted by China Daily: Further Reform and Opening Up Creates a Brighter Future(2018-09-14)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(2018-09-12)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Launching Ceremony of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Share the Opportunities of the Belt and Road Initiative and Create a Splendid Future for the China-UK "Golden Era"(2018-09-11)
· The Sunday Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Beijing Summit a milestone for China and Africa(2018-09-03)
· The Daily Mail Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Why global Britain must look towards China after Brexit(2018-08-30)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled EU and China should join hands on free trade(2018-08-25)
· The Financial Times Publishes A Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled "Brics countries show the world and the US the benefits of globalisation"(2018-08-22)
· The Financial Times Carries Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's Article: Harmony in Xinjiang Is Based on Three Principles(2018-08-22)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with British Designer Thomas Heatherwick(2018-08-16)
· The China Daily published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled A Shared Future for the World Benefits All Nations(2018-07-31)
Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception Celebrating Mr. Stephen Perry Being Awarded the China Reform and Friendship Medal: Reform Promotes Development and Cooperation Enhances Friendship
Chinese Embassy in the UK, 14 January 2019
2019/01/15

Chairman Stephen Perry,

Saraph,

Jodie, Sam and Rosie,

My Lords and MPs,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends:

Good evening!

Welcome to the Chinese Embassy!

Tonight's reception is very special: On 18 December 2018, a grand gathering was held in Beijing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. At the gathering, President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders presented the China Reform and Friendship Medal to ten foreign friends. Among them, Chairman Perry is the only one from the UK. Let's give him and his family a big hand. Congratulations!

The 40 years of reform and opening up was a great journey. China embraced the world with open arms and joined hands with global partners to achieve common development. In this historical process, friends from all over the world have participated deeply in China's reform and opening up, and played an active role in promoting the exchanges and cooperation between China and the rest of the world. They have all made outstanding contribution to this great cause.

As we celebrate Mr. Perry being awarded the China Reform and Friendship Medal, we need to take a moment to recall the first generation of "Icebreakers" led by Mr. Perry's late father Mr. Jack Perry. In 1950s, Mr. Jack Perry overcame various obstacles and "broke the ice" to trade with New China.

Over the years, Mr. Stephen Perry has carried on the "Icebreakers" spirit. He has made active efforts to enhance China-UK cooperation on economy, trade, culture and people-to-people exchanges. He has also initiated the "Young Icebreakers" and the "Women Icebreakers". He has witnessed, supported and contributed to China's reform and opening up. He has been an old friend and good friend of the Chinese people. He well deserves the China Reform and Friendship Medal.

This award is the highest honour. The conferment of this award on Mr. Perry has profound significance.

  • It represents the sincere thanks of the Chinese people to three generations of the Perry family for their support for China's reform and opening up.
  • It is in recognition of the progress of the China-UK relations.
  • It embodies our expectation that the people from all walks of life in Britain will take part in China's new round of reform and opening up.

Over the past 40 years, China-UK relations have gone through twists and turns. The Chinese and British people have made relentless efforts and come a long way to build the "Golden Era". This has not been easy and it deserves our greatest care and attention.

As we celebrate Mr. Perry's award, we also need to take a moment to renew our commitment to China-UK relations. We need to think about how to build on our past achievements and forge ahead to make steady and sustained progress in the "Golden Era". I believe from Mr. Perry's award we can learn three important things.

First, we should break though ideological barriers, engage each other and exchange ideas in order to enhance mutual understanding and promote inclusiveness.

In the early years of the People's Republic, Western countries imposed economic blockade on China. Jack Perry "broke the ice" and spearheaded China-UK cooperation. His brave action lived up to the spirit of equality, openness and inclusiveness.

Now, more than 60 years have passed. The relations between China and the world have experienced historic changes. China-UK relations have reached unprecedented breadth and depth.

However, the Cold War mentalities die hard. Some in the world still regard China's development as a challenge or even threat. Yet, such views go against the trend of the times. The ideological mind-set, prejudice and misunderstanding are the "new ice" that we must break. We must carry on the "Icebreakers" spirit to promote deeper trust and closer cooperation between China and the UK.

Second, we should focus on common interests and achieve win-win results through friendly cooperation.

Over the years, a large number of visionary people like Mr. Perry have acted in the common interests of China and the UK. They have worked to enhance mutually-beneficial cooperation and delivered tangible benefits to the people of our two countries.

From 1978 to 2018, our bilateral trade increased by nearly 80 times, from less than $1 billion to about $80 billion a year. Two-way investment was zero 40 years ago. Today, UK's direct investment in China exceeds $26 billion, and China has invested more than $21 billion in the UK.

Now China and the UK have both come to a crucial stage in our respective development. Our two countries should actively explore new areas of cooperation for the benefit of both sides. By matching our development policies and promoting business cooperation, we could achieve win-win results.

I sincerely hope that the UK will resist all kinds of interruption and continue to provide a fair and transparent business environment for Chinese enterprises in the UK, so that China-UK cooperation could deliver more benefits to the people of both countries.

Third, we should follow the trend of history and achieve common progress through mutual learning.

Exchanges lead to integration. Integration in turn promotes progress. The history of mankind is a process of exchanges, mutual learning and integration between different civilisations.

This is exactly what Mr. Perry and other pioneers of China-UK exchanges have been working on. They have actively engaged in China's reform and opening up. They have promoted China-UK cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Their efforts have resulted in better mutual understanding and stronger friendship between our two countries.

Today, as we speak, it is all the more important that our two countries go along with the trend of the times. When we learn from each other in the spirit of mutual respect and "harmony without uniformity", we can build solid public support for China-UK cooperation. This will enable us to contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In the ocean of globalisation, China and the UK could ride the waves and sail far if we sail together.

2019 is an important year for both China and the UK: China will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, and the UK will enter a post-Brexit era.

I hope that the "Icebreakers" spirit will continue to inspire people across all sectors from both China and the UK to stay at the forefront of the times and to break new grounds. Together we can create an ever-brighter future for China-UK relations!

Thank you!

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