On 8 February 2017, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming held a discussion with Editor of the Financial Times Lionel Barber at the Embassy. World News Editor Ben Hall, Companies Editor Brooke Masters, Comment and Analysis Editor Frederick Studemann, and Head of Lex Robert Armstrong were present.
Ambassador Liu said that the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations kicked off well in 2016 and achieved fruitful results. 2017 is the year for consolidating the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations, and a year marking the 45th anniversary of the ambassadorial diplomatic relations between the two countries. China would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong and host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the ninth BRICS Summit. The Communist Party of China would convene the 19th National Congress. Ambassador Liu hoped that the Financial Times, being a mainstream newspaper with global influence, would continue to keep the overall picture of China's development in mind and report China's development and changes in a comprehensive, objective and positive manner, so as to foster better understanding of China among the UK and Western public, continue to support and report the development of China-UK relations, especially bilateral cooperation across sectors in the "Golden Era", and contribute to China-UK friendship and cooperation.
Mr. Barber said that the Financial Times had attached great importance to reporting on China and would continue to follow China's development, changes and achievements in all aspects with in-depth coverage & analysis interpretation to facilitate understanding between China and the UK, or even between the East and the West. The Financial Times is ready to continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China.
Ambassador Liu also elaborated China's positions concerning China-UK relations, China-US relations, UK-Europe relations and regional hot spot issues upon request.