LONDON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met here Monday afternoon with British Prime Minister David Cameron to boost relations between the two countries.
The ongoing trip is aimed at consolidating the sustained development of China-Britain ties, Li said during the meeting at No. 10 Downing Street, while recalling that Cameron led Britain's largest-ever delegation to China last year in a tour that further strengthened bilateral ties.
With the current world pattern undergoing profound changes and the deep-seated impact of the international financial crisis still lingering, it is of strategic significance for China and Britain to enhance their cooperation of mutual benefits, which not only benefits the two countries and peoples but contributes to world peace, prosperity and development as well, Li said.
Looking into the future, he added, both sides should further deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership and enhance their win-win cooperation and common development from an overall and long-term perspective.
To that end, the two nations should first strengthen their political mutual trust, Li said, adding that China and Britain need to reinforce coordination on macropolicy-making and at strategic levels, boost mutual understanding, mutual respect and cooperation on an equal footing, and promote the stability of China-Britain ties.
Beijing and London should also deepen economic and trade cooperation, he said. In this respect, Li stressed, the two countries should make efforts to enlarge the scale of their bilateral trade, encourage both sides' competitive products to explore each other's market and improve trade balance.
Li reiterated that China is willing to pursue deeper reform and wider opening-up and improve its investment environment, and he invites the British side to increase investment in China, especially in China's central and western regions. The Chinese side also encourages Chinese enterprises to invest in Britain and participate in infrastructure construction and industrial cooperation and development, he added.
Li said that both sides should expand cultural exchanges to enhance understanding between the two peoples and create a good environment for the two nations to develop their bilateral ties.
Meanwhile, noting that the significance of the China-Britain relations has transcended the bilateral scope, Li said that the two sides need to strengthen communication and cooperation on multilateral issues.
Li also expressed the hope that the British side will lift its restriction on high-tech exports to China as soon as possible and help persuade the European Union to recognize China's full market economy status and remove the bloc's arms embargo on China.
China is also willing to join hands with Britain to fight all forms of protectionism and build a fair and reasonable new order of international trade, he added.
For his part, Cameron hailed China's remarkable achievements in socio-economic development. He added that the two countries are highly complementary economically and should further enhance cooperation. He said Britain welcome Chinese enterprises to invest in Britain's infrastructure construction.
Britain will stick to the open economic policy and continue to bolster free trade and resist protectionism, he added.
Li and Cameron also exchanged views on major international and regional issues of common concern, including global governance, adjustment of the international financial system and the Doha Round of world trade negotiations.
Li started his four-day official visit to Britain on Sunday. Britain is the last leg of Li's three-nation Europe tour, which has already taken him to Spain and Germany.
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