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Foreign Ministers of China and UK meet in Munich

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Munich, 18 February 2024 (TDI): Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China and Foreign Secretary David Cameron of the UK held a meeting in Munich, Germany, on Friday, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

They exchanged views on China-UK relations and the current international situation.

Wang urged both sides to work together to overcome differences and challenges and bring China-UK relations back to the path of healthy and stable development.

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He said the two countries should expand their common interests and enhance their cooperation and engagement in various fields.

“This is in line with the fundamental and long-term interests of the two countries and the common expectation of the international community,” he said.

China-UK: Role in Global security and peace

Wang noted that the world is facing complex and turbulent situations, such as the resurgence of Cold War mentality, the rise of protectionism, the sluggish economic recovery and the global challenges.

He said China and the UK, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, should strengthen their strategic communication and play a positive role in promoting security and maintaining peace.

Cameron expressed his willingness to view China-UK relations from a strategic perspective and develop a more constructive and respectful bilateral relationship with China.

He said the UK will continue to cooperate with China in areas of mutual interest and seek to enhance dialogue with China on issues such as renewable energy, trade, economy and education.

He also agreed that China and the UK, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, should work together to uphold peace and security and build a better world.

China’s Development and Multilateralism

Wang also briefed Cameron on China’s development and its position on multilateralism. He said China is a major country with the best record in peace and security, and China’s development represents a growth in forces seeking peace and a growth in stabilizing factors.

He said China advocates and practices real multilateralism, and the country firmly upholds the international system with the UN at its core, the basic norms of international relations with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at its core, and the international order based on international law.

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