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UK PM Cameron says, Sino-British relations enters ‘golden era’

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

10-16-2015 15:25 BJT

By Hu Yifeng, Director, Research Branch of Literary Criticism Center, China Literature and Art Association,Doctor; member of Chinese Literary Criticism Association

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the United Kingdom (UK) and Northern Ireland at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II, Oct. 19-23. It’s is the first time this decade for the  Chinese President to visit the UK.


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Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has said, China-UK relations have entered a “golden era,” ever since winning his re-election campaign last May. Accordingly, Xi's UK visit has captured widespread British media attention.

But let’s remind ourselves of the visit to the Qianlong Emperor of China in 1793 by a British diplomat, Sir George Macartney. In the book, The Immobile Empire, French writer Alain Peyrefitte regarded the visit as the first great collision of the East and West, a meeting between the two most powerful and civilized countries at that time.

It embodied a collision of traditional and modern societies, which have profoundly changed China and the world as well.

Nowadays, China and the UK have undergone total transformations since two hundred years ago. Ancient China has transitioned from a traditional society to a modern society, while enjoying unprecedented national prosperity. China is on the road to a great rejuvenation.

Both nations are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, playing pivotal roles to maintain world peace and development. China-UK relations have soared beyond its bilateral scope with greater global strategic significance.

From the first collision of the East and West to the golden age, many profound meanings have emerged. Dialogue has played a more central function. 2015 marks the first year of the second decade of the China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership.

Frequent high-level exchanges have occurred between the two countries. Both sides have conducted extensive cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, finance, culture and personnel exchanges. 

Meanwhile, China and the UK have maintained long-term communications in international and regional affairs. Both have played constructive roles to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Iranian nuclear deal, and South Sudan peace progress.

The two countries consider each other partners of opportunity rather than rivals. China is the UK's fourth largest trading partner. The UK has become China's second largest trading partner of the EU, the largest foreign investment destination country, and the largest offshore RMB trading center, Hong Kong excluded.

Last March, the UK was the first Western country to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

In September, China and the UK have reached a series of consensus to support Beijing’s request for the RMB to join International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) basket of currencies, known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs); China’s “Belt and Road“ initiatives and Northern economic planning region were advocated by the UK. The two countries have facilitated EU-China Investment Agreement negotiations.

2015 stands as a crucial year for China to deepen reforms and plan for the 13rd five-year. During Xi’s UK visit, he will meet people from all walks of life. He will attend economic and trade, cultural activities. The two sides are also expected to sign a number of China-UK cooperation agreements.

Cultural exchanges are building a golden era for bilateral relations. A majority of Chinese prefer to learn the English language.

The UK has the largest number of Chinese students in Europe. In the first half of 2015, China held the British Culture Season, in the second half of this year, the UK will hold a Chinese Cultural Season themed, Creative China.

China has hundreds of millions of English FA Premier League football match (soccer) fans. Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms both rank number one in Europe as Chinese culture teaching institutes.

China-UK relations have embarked on a golden era for many cooperation opportunities. Global and regional cooperation between the two countries may likely expand for the benefit of world stability and prosperity.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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