Theresa May and Xi Jingping set to build on budding relationship
According to the China's official news agency, the two governments have called a “golden era” in their relationship, as May has signalled China to be one of the countries she wants a free trade agreement with upon Brexit.
The pleasant promises were made on Thursday between Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his Chinese equivalent, Wang Yi.
Mr Johnson reportedly said Britain will strengthen its strategic cooperation with China on international affairs when he was on the sidelines of a larger meeting involving the a group of the 20 largest industrialised countries.
In response, Mr Wang claimed the two nations will promote flagship cooperation on projects such as the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Britain.
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The Chinese foreign secretary reportedly added he wanted to strengthen their partnership on issues such as trade through close high-level exchanges.
Mrs May agreed to go ahead with the controversial power plant last year, overriding concerns of China's £6billion investment in Britain's nuclear industry.
The Prime Minister is expected to visit China in the summer or early autumn, in hope of developing new business links with the country that boasts the world's second largest economy.
A Downing Street spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Prime Minister will visit China later this year. An invitation was extended during the G20."
Boris Johnson made the promise with his Chinese equivalent
China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi visited Downing Street in December and the two governments agreed that work this year would include "enhanced trade and investment" as well as security co-operation and efforts to tackle climate change, an official claimed.
The two countries have in recent months announced closer cooperation in areas such as financial services as the British government prepares to negotiate the country's EU divorce.
Mrs May is also securing free trade deals with the EU, to ensure Britain has the “greatest possible access” to the trade bloc.
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