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Chinese President Hu Jintao Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair

2005/07/07

Chinese President Hu Jintao Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Scotland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

On the morning of July 7, 2005, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with British Prime Minster Tony Blair in Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Hu Jintao first congratulated Blair upon Britain's winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Blair said that the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will be a grand gathering. Correspondingly the people will have higher expectations for the 2012 Olympic Games. Blair expressed the hope to strengthen exchange and cooperation with China in this area.

On bilateral relations, Hu said that China-Britain relations have demonstrated a sound momentum of growth in recent years. Last year, China and Britain declared the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership, indicating that bilateral relations have entered a new stage of development. The two countries maintain high-level contacts. The interaction group on bilateral relations plays an important role in promoting the development of bilateral relations and the growth of bilateral cooperation in key areas. Britain maintains the status of the largest investor of EU in China and the 3rd largest trading partner of China. Both sides have constantly strengthened the coordination in international and regional affairs.

Hu pointed out that further developing the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Britain complies with the interest of the two peoples and benefits world peace and development. Hu believed that during Blair's new term in office as Prime Minister, China-Britain relations will witness greater progress.

Talking of China-EU relationship, Hu said that it is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and EU this year. Over the past 3 decades, China-EU relations have made substantial progress. Since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and EU in particular, the bilateral exchange and cooperation has scored outstanding results. In the second half of this year, Britain will hold EU presidency and the 8th China-EU Leaders' Meeting will be held in Beijing. Hu hoped that practical results could be achieved in developing China-EU substantial cooperation during the leaders' meeting. Hu pointed out that it is China's hope that lifting the ban on arms sales to China is to eliminate the political barrier to the growth of China-EU relations, that acknowledging the full market economy status of China is to expand China-EU economic and trade cooperation on an equitable, fair and rational basis, that EU proceeds from the overall situation of China-EU relations to make political decisions, and that Britain exerts positive influence over the early solution to the above-mentioned 2 problems.

Blair said that Britain-China relations develop smoothly, with economic and trade cooperation achieving fruitful results. The British side hopes to further consolidate the political dialogue and cooperation with the Chinese side. He expressed his expectation to attend EU-China Leaders' Meeting in Beijing in the latter half of this year. Britain will endeavor to seek progress on issues China is concerned of and push forward China-EU cooperation.

The leaders of the two countries also exchanged views on the dialogue between the leaders of G8 and five developing nations including China. Hu said that Britain's proposal is of great significance that the dialogue focuses upon international development cooperation and climate changes. Hu believed that the dialogue will exert positive influence over the cooperation between the two countries in the above-mentioned 2 fields. Blair thanked China for its active participation and stressed that it is very important to the world economy that China's economy maintains strong growth.

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