China’s outgoing British ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said that China and the UK should always work hard to “see the big picture” and continue to advance along the path of the relationship between the two countries, and do not divert when the world is facing unprecedented changes. on Monday.
He said: “The world is facing an important choice between cooperation and confrontation, dialogue and division, and openness and closure.” He said: “I sincerely hope that China and Britain will see the overall situation, follow the general trend, and work in the same direction. Good and stable Sino-British relations will benefit the two countries and their peoples.”
Liu’s speech at the online farewell meeting was that he was going to move on after 11 years as the Chinese ambassador to the UK.
He is China’s longest-serving ambassador in the history of Sino-British relations. He likes to use the acronym “IDEA” (Interest, Dialogue, Exploration and Accommodation) to describe his commitment to “from beginning to end”. “.
He said: “For the past 11 years, I have always kept these missions in mind and worked tirelessly with people from all walks of life in the UK to promote the development of China-UK relations.”
During the service period, the common interests of China and Britain have increased significantly.
Official data show that from 2010 to 2020, Sino-British merchandise trade has surged from US$50.1 billion to US$92.4 billion. British exports to China have increased by about 20 times, making China the third largest export destination for British goods.
By the end of 2019, the total foreign direct investment (FDI) from the UK to China reached US$25.39 billion. On the other hand, China’s direct investment in the UK totaled US$17.14 billion. This level is about 20 times higher than that at the end of 2009, and the UK is now the second largest destination for European investment in China.
Despite these achievements, the two countries have experienced differences and difficulties in many areas in recent years, especially in areas where the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is prohibited from participating in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China and the United Kingdom. 5G development in the UK.
Therefore, Liu urged the British government to look at China more comprehensively and objectively on several occasions.
Among the young Chinese who pay close attention to politics and current affairs, while protecting China’s core interests, the ambassador is warmly welcomed with keen answers and firm positions.
In May, interviews with ambassadors about the new coronavirus pandemic for the BBC’s HARDtalk program attracted millions of views on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
He said: “China and Britain are different in political systems, stages of development, history and culture. Naturally, we do not always stay the same.” “But the history of Sino-British relations tells us that as long as we follow mutual respect and With the principle of equality and compliance with international law and the basic norms governing relations between countries, China-UK relations will transcend differences and move forward. On the right track.”
He said that people are witnessing major changes that are taking place in the world, which is “something that has not happened in a century”, and pointed out that the global economy is experiencing unilateralism, power politics and the new coronavirus pandemic. Profound changes and changes.
He said: “As major countries with global influence, China and Britain shoulder the important mission of helping to maintain world peace and development.”
He also quoted Shakespeare as saying, “Welcome everyone to smile and bid farewell to sigh,” because he announced that he will continue his 47-year diplomatic career.
He said: “I don’t want to say goodbye.” “But at the same time, I am happy that I have fulfilled my mission wholeheartedly from beginning to end, serving the country, and working for China-UK relations.”
He added, “China-UK friendship will last forever, China-UK cooperation will be deeper and more extensive, and China-UK relations will continue to develop and develop. This is his sincere hope.”
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