China, UK to boost ties as Cameron voices stance on Tibet

From: Xinhua Updated: 2013-12-03 08:49
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) holds a welcoming ceremony for the visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 2, 2013.(Xinhua/Li Tao)

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to enhance political and economic ties with the UK as the latter's Prime Minister, David Cameron, voiced opposition against "Tibet Independence."

"We two countries must insist on mutual respect and equal treatment, understand and take care of each other's major concerns, properly handle sensitive issues and push for more vigor and results in the Chinese-British comprehensive strategic partnership," Li told Cameron during their Monday talks.

Cameron, whose China tour was delayed since his last meeting with the Dalai Lama in May 2012, said Britain respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, recognizes Tibet as part of China and does not support "Tibet Independence."

Li suggested the two countries bolster trade and investment, enhance fiscal and financial cooperation, deepen high-tech cooperation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and consolidate communication and cooperation on international and regional issues.

He highlighted China's advantage in nuclear energy and high-speed railway, encouraging China and Britain to tap market potential in the third country.

He urged Britain to stick to its anti-protectionism stance, insist on market transparency and openness, maintain the stability and constance of its investment policy, treat Chinese capital, technology and equipment equally and protect the interests of Chinese investors.

"China supports the development of the RMB offshore market in London in accordance with the market-driven principle," Li said, urging Britain to support Chinese wholesale banks to open branches there and facilitate the listing and funding of Chinese companies.

He suggested the two sides to expand high-tech trade, enhance research and development cooperation in spaceflight, offshore wind farm and new energy.

He called on Britain to ease visa procedure for Chinese tourists and business visitors.

Li also appealed the two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to enhance cooperation within the UN and the Group of 20 so as to preserve the multilateral trade system and cope with global challenges.

"As a major country within the European Union, Britain plays a unique and important role in China-EU relations," Li said during their talks at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

He appealed to Britain to further its positive role and contribute to China-EU relations and cooperation.

Cameron welcomed Chinese companies and financial institutes, pledged to enhance cooperation with China in trade, investment and science, as well as coordination on international and regional issues.

He also vowed to promote EU-China relations, including talks for a EU-China free trade treaty.

Cameron arrived in Beijing early Monday morning for a three-day visit to China.

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