The Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming has met with Sir Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the new honorary Vice President of the Great Britain-China Center (GBCC).
The Ambassador congratulated Sir Oliver on becoming GBCC’s honorary Vice President, and spoke highly of the contributions that he has made to China-UK relations.
Ambassador Liu said that, President Xi Jinping had a fruitful meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May during the G20 Summit in Hamburg. Both sides reiterated their adherence to the general trend of the “Golden Era” of bilateral relations and reached a new and important consensus on the development of China-UK relations. He hoped that GBCC could continue to give play to its strength to seize the new opportunities for the development of bilateral relations and make new contributions to the exchanges and dialogue between Chinese and British political parties, the judiciary, youth and in other fields.
Sir Oliver briefed the Ambassador on GBCC’s plan for exchanges and cooperation with China in the near future. He said that GBCC is willing to work with its Chinese partners to raise the level of dialogues, explore new approaches to cooperation and promote the “Golden Era” in UK-China relations to bear more fruitful outcomes.
When Sir Oliver was appointed to the role he said: “The relationship between the UK and China is of great importance to both our countries, and I am honoured to take on this role with the Great Britain China Centre to support the continued deepening of this relationship, and the important political dialogue and legal reform work which GBCC has conducted with China over the past four decades.
“We in Britain are committed to working with China to promote international security, increase mutual prosperity, and support China’s process of modernisation and reform. I look forward to doing what I can to help GBCC continue to build trust and understanding between our two countries.”
Sir Oliver intends to visit China with GBCC later this year as part of a cross-party Parliamentary delegation for the 10th UK-China Leadership Forum, an annual political dialogue organised by GBCC with the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party.