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Wang Yi Meets with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond of the UK
2016/04/09

On April 9, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond of the UK.

Wang Yi expressed that the two countries are expanding and deepening exchanges and cooperation in various fields by centering around the implementation of the outcomes yielded during President Xi Jinping's visit to the UK. It is hoped that the two sides can make joint efforts, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, and enhance mutual understanding and trust so as to ensure a good beginning of the "golden era" of bilateral relations.

Philip Hammond said with high attention to the "golden era" of UK-China relations, the UK side stands ready to work with China to earnestly implement the consensus of both leaders, vigorously promote bilateral cooperation and strengthen coordination in international affairs.

Wang Yi expressed China's stance on issues such as Hong Kong affairs and the South China Sea situation to Philip Hammond. Wang Yi said the Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China's internal affairs. The Chinese central government will adhere to the principles of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" and ensuring a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong. China appreciates the UK side's remarks of dismissing calls for "Hong Kong independence". Wang Yi pointed out that China hopes the UK side will adopt a fair and objective stand on the South China Sea issue, and not take sides. The meeting of G7 foreign ministers should not hype up the South China Sea issue.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the political settlement process of Syrian issue and other topics.

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