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British PM urges China’s Xi Jinping to strengthen trade relations

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

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• Theresa May calls for better trade ties in letter to Xi Jinping

• Theresa May had delayed approval of nuclear deal with China in July

• British PM cited security concerns for postponing nuclear deal with China

LONDON, England – British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed intent to bolster trade and cooperation between the U.K. and China, even as her recent move to put brakes on a multi-billion dollar nuclear project seemingly dampened Sino-British relations.

The U.K. “looks forward to strengthening cooperation with China on trade and business and on global issues,” a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry quoted May as saying in a letter to President Xi Jinping.

Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Alok Sharma, on an official visit to China, reportedly told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday that the U.K. considers the country to be an “important global strategic partner.”

May had last month delayed approval of the 18 billion pounds Hinkley Point nuclear project in England, citing security issues over the participation of state nuclear companies of China.

Tension has been on the rise between the U.K. and China ever since.

David Cameron, May’s predecessor, had hailed Chinese investment in the nuclear project, calling it as the beginning of a “golden era” of relations between the two countries.

Source by: Beijing Bulletin

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