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China, Britain to hold strategic dialogue

Updated: Dec 20,2016 9:04 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China and Britain will hold their eighth strategic dialogue later this month in Britain, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Dec 19.

Facing a complicated international situation and challenges in global governance, it is important for China and Britain, two influential major powers, to further strengthen strategic communication and dialogue, Hua said at a daily press briefing.

According to Hua, the dialogue will be co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who will visit the country from Dec 19 to 21 at the invitation of the British government.

Yang will also meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and discuss bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, Hua said.

China and Britain will witness the 45th anniversary of ambassadorial diplomatic relations in the next year.

Hua noted that China is ready to work with Britain on the basis of mutual respect and equality to enhance political mutual trust, deepen cooperation in all areas, and strengthen coordination on international affairs to promote sustained, sound and stable development of bilateral strategic ties.