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Li Keqiang Meets with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond of UK

On the afternoon of January 6, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond of the UK in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Li Keqiang spoke positively of the development of China-UK relations, expressing that President Xi Jinping's visit to the UK last year was a success. The Chinese side stands ready to, together with the UK side, keep high-level exchanges, dovetail development strategies, strengthen cooperation in innovation, finance, nuclear power and other fields, enhance communication and coordination in international affairs, push constant and new development of bilateral relations and jointly safeguard regional stability and world peace.

Li Keqiang pointed out that currently China's economy is in the transitional stage, one key feature of which is a transit from over-dependence on natural resources to more dependence on human resources and innovation. China encourages mass entrepreneurship and innovation and vigorously develops the emerging service industry and new business patterns on the basis of continuing elevating the traditional manufacturing industry, which will provide great opportunities for China-UK cooperation. China will continue to expand its opening up, take firm and solid steps in easing market access, and equally treat Chinese and foreign enterprises by offering them prospects for long-term and stable development.

Philip Hammond conveyed the New Year's greetings of Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK to Li Keqiang, and delivered David Cameron's letter to him. Philip Hammond expressed that UK-China strategic partnership is continuously deepening. The UK side is willing to grasp the opportunities brought by China's economic transition to push forward bilateral cooperation in nuclear power, finance, scientific and technological innovation, medicine and other areas, in a move to forge closer cooperative relations in economy, trade and investment. Prime Minister David Cameron expects to visit China within this year.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common interest.

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