Chinese Vice President Han Zheng called for stronger cooperation between China and the United Kingdom during his meeting in Beijing on Monday with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and major world economies, China and the United Kingdom have supported, promoted, contributed to and benefited from multilateralism, economic globalization and free trade.
Amid growing uncertainties and destabilizing factors in the international landscape, stronger cooperation between China and the United Kingdom will not only be in the interests of the two countries, but also benefit the entire world.
Han added that the two countries have broad space for cooperation in clean energy, biomedicine, finance, education, people-to-people exchanges and other areas. The two sides should strengthen cooperation in international affairs, jointly address the challenges of climate change and biodiversity, and uphold global peace and security.
Mr Blair, also a former leader of the Labor Party, said the world today faces many challenges. China enjoys significant international status and it is essential that the UK and China maintain friendly relations.
Blair said the British side is willing to engage in frank dialogue with China and carry out constructive cooperation in a wide range of areas to jointly address global issues.
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