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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on British Foreign Secretary's Upcoming Visit to China

Q: Could you give us more details about this visit? This visit is taking place in just less than one month since former Health Secretary JeremyHunt became Foreign Secretary. What is China's expectation for this visit?

A: During Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's visit, Premier Li Keqiang and member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi will hold meetings with him on separate occasions. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will co-chair the Strategic Dialogue and exchange views on bilateral relations and international and regional hotspot issues with him.

The China-UK relationship is developing with sound momentum now. At the beginning of this year, Prime Minister Theresa May paid a successful visit to China and held a new round of the Annual China-UK Prime Ministers' Meeting and the leaders of the two countries reached important consensus on advancing the "Golden Era" for China-UK bilateral relations. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is coming to China to hold the China-UK Strategic Dialogue shortly after he took office, which showcases the high importance the UK attaches to its relations with China. Likewise, China also highly values deepening its cooperation with the UK in various fields. We believe this visit will strengthen our political mutual trust and promote greater development of the China-UK global comprehensive strategic partnership for the 21st century in the new era. Under the current international circumstances, it is imperative for China and the UK, both of whom are the permanent members of the Security Council, guardians of the international order and champions of the free trade, to send out positive and upbeat messages of upholding the rule-based international order, building an open world economy and opposing protectionism and unilateralism.

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