|Wang Yi Meets with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom (UK) at Request|
On September 24, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom (UK) on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.
Wang Yi expressed that not long ago, we co-chaired the China-UK Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, during which we agreed to well implement the consensus of the leaders of both countries and further advance the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations. As both China and the UK are permanent members of the UN Security Council, bilateral relations have global influence that transcends the bilateral scope. Faced with the international situation full of uncertainties, China-UK relations should play the role as a stabilizer. China stays committed to the development path of win-win cooperation, and will not take the West's old path that a country is bound to seek hegemony when it grows in strength. The Chinese side is one of the founders and also the guardians of the current international system and world order. China is willing to enhance its cooperation with all the other countries including the UK to jointly defend multilateralism and tackle all kinds of challenges.
Jeremy Hunt expressed that the rapid development of China has impressed the world. The UK government places great importance to developing its relations with China, and is ready to build a "Golden Era" together with China. The UK side does not see China's rise as a threat. The UK side agrees with win-win cooperation China advocates, and is willing to, together with the Chinese side, strengthen strategic dialogue and deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, as well as jointly commit to safeguarding the rules-based international order.
Wang Yi made clear China's stern position on the South China Sea issue once again. It is hoped that the UK side will truly honor its commitment not to take sides regarding the South China Sea issue, earnestly respect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as do more things that actively promote bilateral relations, rather than those that undermine mutual trust, so as to ensure healthy and stable development of China-UK relations. Jeremy Hunt reiterated the UK's stance, stressing that the UK side will not take sides on the South China Sea issue, and is willing to properly handle disputes through dialogue with the Chinese side.