On September 20, 2022 local time, the State Council and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom James Cleverly on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.
Wang Yi said that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level between China and the United Kingdom. Faced with complex and serious challenges in today’s world, China and the UK, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, should focus on win-win cooperation and avoid conflict and confrontation. To develop Sino-British relations well, mutual respect is the foundation, objective perception is the prerequisite, and appropriate handling of differences is the key, said the Chinese Foreign Minister, who also expressed his hope that the new government in the Kingdom The united approach. China and Sino-British relations in a long-term and strategic perspective and meet halfway and the Chinese side treat each other equally, eliminate interference and carry out mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to advance the development of relations between the two countries. good track
For his part, James Cleverly said that China, as a major country with global influence, has important responsibilities and plays an important role in the United Nations. The United Kingdom is committed to establishing effective and mutually beneficial relations with China, helping their respective growth and promoting peace and security, with a view to benefiting the people of both parties. The UK appreciates China’s great achievements in poverty alleviation. In the current challenging period, the two countries should look to the future of humanity, focus on joint responses to common challenges, and strengthen cooperation in various fields such as climate change and poverty alleviation. . The British side wants to maintain open dialogue and exchange with China to create conditions for further cooperation between the two sides in the next stage.
Wang Yi expressed that the UK has been at the forefront of Western countries’ exchanges with China for a long time. It is incumbent on both sides to take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to review and summarize the experiences and lessons of the past 50 years, as well as promote the healthy and stable development of Sino-British relations. . China adheres to an independent foreign policy of peace, and is dedicated to establishing and developing good relations with all countries. China advocates practicing true multilateralism, advocates an open strategy of mutual benefit and win-win, and is willing to share market opportunities with the rest of the world to achieve common prosperity. The Chinese side is ready to practice mutual respect, engage in sincere dialogue and improve mutual understanding with the British side. The two sides should protect the political foundation of the relationship between the two countries and promote the development of bilateral relations. The British side should seriously honor the one-China commitment and unequivocally oppose “Taiwan independence.”
James Cleverly said that the position of the British side on the Taiwan issue remains unchanged.
Similarly, James Cleverly reports on the opinion of the British side on the Ukraine crisis. Wang Yi said the position of the Chinese side is consistent and China is dedicated to promoting peace talks from the very beginning and supporting all efforts for peaceful realization. The current priority is to achieve a ceasefire and put an end to the conflict, avoid new rounds of escalation of the situation and face side by side the negative effects of the overflow of the crisis.