LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will meet his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Monday to debate cooperation between the 2 nations on his first main abroad journey since he changed Boris Johnson earlier this month.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt provides a press conference on the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland July 20, 2018. David Cheskin/Pool by way of Reuters
Hunt and Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, are anticipated to debate free commerce, imposing sanctions on North Korea and the way Britain and China can work collectively on global challenges resembling local weather change, Britain’s Foreign Office mentioned.
Speaking forward of the go to, Hunt mentioned that as Britain leaves the European Union it was dedicated to deepening its partnership with China.
“The UK-China Strategic Dialogue is an important opportunity to intensify our cooperation on shared challenges in international affairs, ranging from global free trade to non-proliferation and environmental challenges, under the UK-China Global Partnership and ‘Golden Era’ for UK-China relations,” he mentioned.
Britain is attempting to reinvent itself as a global buying and selling nation after it voted in 2016 to go away the EU, and China, the world’s second largest economic system, is excessive on the checklist of nations with which it desires to signal a free commerce settlement.
Hunt mentioned he would search to construct on Prime Minister Theresa May’s go to to China in February, when she secured business offers value 9 billion kilos ($12 billion).
His predecessor give up earlier this month in protest on the government’s plan to keep up an in depth buying and selling relationship with the European Union after Brexit, a technique that Johnson mentioned would make it way more tough to do free commerce offers.
Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg