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

On February 16, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was in Bonn, Germany for the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting, met with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson of the UK.

Wang Yi expressed that last year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Theresa May met for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, during which they reconfirmed the position of the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations. Under joint efforts, China-UK relations continue to develop and are now facing extensive cooperation opportunities after achieving a smooth transition. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ambassadorial level diplomatic relations between China and the UK. China is willing to, together with the UK, sum up experience and plan the future. Through intensifying high-level exchanges, both sides will lead the general direction and improve the quality of the "Golden Era", so as to constantly add new connotation to the globally-oriented bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. China is willing to work with the UK to respect each other's core interests and major concern, advance flagship cooperation projects including the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Plant, jointly safeguard the global free trade system and build an open world economy.

Boris Johnson noted that currently, UK-China relations have achieved substantial development. With a great deal of common interests, both countries should maintain the sound momentum of bilateral relations and comprehensively expand UK-China cooperation through innovative thinking, including exploring third-party cooperation in Africa and other regions in the socio-economic field. The UK side is willing to strengthen strategic cooperation with China in international affairs and jointly promote bilateral and global free trade so that the world can be more stable and prosperous. Boris Johnson reiterated that the UK upholds the one-China policy and the "One Country, Two System" policy in the Hong Kong issue. This stance will not change.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation and other issues of common concern.

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