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China, Britain pledge to further lift Golden-Era partnership

BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China and Britain on Wednesday signed a dozen of deals on areas including trade, finance, health care and smart city, pledging to further promote the Golden-Era strategic partnership.
The agreement came as British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Beijing and held a China-Britain annual meeting between heads of government with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.
Hailing that China-Britain relationship has been at the forefront among the ties between China and Western countries, Li said China attaches great importance to the ties with Britain.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May, meet the press after a China-Britain annual dialogue between heads of government in Beijing.  --Photo Xinhua

It is both in line with the two countries’ interests and conducive to world peace, stability and prosperity that China-Britain relationship continues to develop in a steady way, he said.
Li said China’s relations with Britain will not be changed by the changes in Britain-EU relations.
China stands ready to further promote bilateral ties in the principle of mutual respect, equality, and mutual benefit, he said.
Noting that both countries are at a crucial stage of development and enjoyed broad prospect of all-round mutually beneficial cooperation, Li called on China and Britain to take the opportunities and work together to forge ahead the Golden Era partnership at a new historic point.
China and Britain agreed to embrace a “Golden Era” for bilateral relations in October 2015. Li called on both countries to strengthen cooperation on Belt and Road Initiative and areas including nuclear energy, high-speed train, finance, high-tech trade, third party market, and expand investment in both ways.
China agrees to accelerate the final preparations for the Shanghai-London Stock Connect and to review the timeline for its launch when conditions permit, Li said.
China announced on Wednesday it has allowed a British bank to offer lead underwriting services for certain types of Panda bond issuances, as part of its efforts to open up the financial market. Li said the move was conducive to finance cooperation.
Noting that the world economy has shown signs of recovery, Li said all parties need to cherish the momentum to forge ahead trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation, and economic globalisation.

(Latest Update
February 2,

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