British foreign secretary to visit China in mid-March

09:32, March 13, 2010      

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Foreign Secretary David Miliband will visit China to discuss economic issues with senior leaders on March 14-17, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Scott Wightman, director of the Asia Pacific Directorate, said Miliband's visit to China is vital as both countries are important strategic partners, and the trip will be an important opportunity for him to exchange views with senior Chinese leaders including Premier Wen Jiabao, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and his counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Sebastian Wood, the British ambassador to China, said economic issues were expected to top the agenda, while nuclear non-proliferation, climate change, and Iran and Afghanistan issues might also be major topics.

Miliband is scheduled to make a speech on the global economy in Shanghai, where he is also to visit the UK's pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, which opens May 1.

Source: Xinhua
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