BEIJING — China and Britain vowed on July 6 to make the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou a great success as the two sides agreed to deepen cooperation in various areas.
The consensus was reached when State Councilor Yang Jiechi held a phone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
During their talks, Yang suggested the two countries, under the current circumstances, make concerted efforts to advance bilateral ties and expand cooperation in various areas.
As the global economic recovery is facing more uncertainties, Yang said the cooperation between China and Britain, two important world economic engines, has played a critical role in helping facilitate growth in their respective regions as well as that of the world at large.
The Chinese side, the state councilor said, stands ready to work jointly with the British side to ensure the 2016 G20 summit, scheduled for September 4-5 in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province, is a great success, so as to inject fresh momentum into global economic development and world economic governance.
For his part, Hammond said Britain stands ready to continue to develop its ties with China in a positive manner and continuously deepen cooperation with China in various areas.
He stressed Britain’s willingness to work closely with China to make the upcoming G20 summit a successful event. The foreign secretary also briefed Yang about the British referendum in June, during which the country voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in the bloc.
In addition, Yang urged the two countries to maintain the momentum in the development of their ties and make positive contributions to both Asia and Europe as well as world peace and prosperity.