Britain says that building a progressive, comprehensive relationship with China will be a "major priority" in the years ahead, according to a government document posted Thursday on the Internet.
The document, entitled 'UK and China: A framework for engagement,' was posted on the website of the British Foreign Ministry. The government document is the first to lay down an approach for Britain's relationship with China.
"The emergence of China as a global economic and political force is one of the most significant developments of our time. We must work together if we are to deal with the major challenges we face," Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote in the paper.
Brown said cooperation with China was vital to reduce poverty, resolve conflicts, and to develop an effective framework to address climate change.
China has much to offer Britain, Brown said, and he noted that during the next decade China is likely to present more opportunities for British businesses than any other country.
The paper pointed out that China already is one of the world's top four economies and its impact on UK interests is already critical. Chinese markets and investments are increasingly important for UK business, the paper said.