Chinese vice premier eyes intensified Sino-UK partnership

18:25, January 12, 2011      

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech during the China-Britain Business Council Banquet in London, Britain, Jan. 11, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday he hopes the full strategic partnership between China and Britain could be brought to a higher level.

He said this at an event with the Chinese and British business communities, which was also attended by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The world economy is recovering and growing, and is undergoing faster changes and adjustments. But the recovery is not yet solid due to the deep-seated impacts of the international financial crisis, Li said.

"Nonetheless, we believe that with risk comes hope, and with challenge comes opportunity," Li said.

"We must adapt to the profound changes in the global economy and we must be bold enough to make innovation and changes so that the process leading our world back to prosperity will be sustainable."

Calling China and Britain two important countries in the world, Li said their relationship has entered a new stage of mature, sound and steady development, with dynamic and fruitful trade and economic cooperation.

Li then made a three-point proposal to further boost their partnership and boost two-way trade toward the target of 100 billion U.S. dollars.

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