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Wang Yi Meets with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson of the UK

On the evening of September 19, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in New York with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson of the UK.

Wang Yi said that China-UK relations enjoy a sound development momentum with fruitful cooperation outcomes in various areas. Both sides have condition and foundation to forge a “golden age” for China-UK relations. The Chinese side values the UK’s influence in international affairs and appreciates UK’s adherence to free trade as well as its pursuance of a policy of openness. China is willing to view bilateral relations from a strategic perspective and with a global vision, well prepare for all the events based on bilateral exchange and cooperation mechanisms within this year, well integrate the “Belt and Road” initiative with the UK’s development strategy, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and conduct all kinds of third-party cooperation, so as to elevate bilateral cooperation in various fields to new highs with new results. China appreciates the clear-cut decision the UK has made on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project, and wishes a smooth operation of the project.

Boris Johnson expressed that the UK side is pleased to see the continuous development of bilateral relations under new circumstances. With lots of common interests between the two countries, the UK believes that bilateral exchanges and cooperation will become closer. As a cooperation partner, China is becoming more and more important to the UK. The UK side devotes itself to developing relations with China, and is willing to take the “Belt and Road” construction as an opportunity to promote bilateral cooperation in all fields, actively conduct third-party cooperation and steadily proceed with the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project, so as to push forward greater development of bilateral relations in “golden age”.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Afghan issue, counter-terrorism and other topics.

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