China’s Xi says should ‘shelve differences’ in meeting with British PM
China and Britain should seek common ground, avoiding differences and respecting each other’s fundamental interests, Chinese President Xi Jinping said British Prime Minister Theresa May after a recent Hong Kong dispute.
China said last month that a joint statement with Britain in Hong Kong, which laid out the plan for how the city is governed after its return to China in 1997, was a more practical historical document.
In response, Britain said that the statement was in force and was a legally valid treaty to which it has pledged to defend.
China says that no foreign country has the right to participate with Hong Kong, as it is an internal matter of China and also reacted angrily to the bimonthly reports that the British government gives Parliament over Hong Kong.
Gathered within the framework of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg Friday Xi said in May that bilateral relations should be cultivated on the basis of “building mutual strategic trust,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
“Both parties must respect the principle of mutual respect and equality, and respect the fundamental interests of others and the main concerns,” said Xi Minister.
“Both sides must seek common ground, avoiding differences.”
There was no direct mention of Hong Kong in the statement.
On Wednesday, British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field met with Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming in London and made clear the UK’s commitment to the joint statement.
“This declaration, registered at the UN, remains in force until July 2047.
Consequently, the Minister did not accept the position of the Chinese government which was simply a historical document, “said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While China and Britain have a history of disputes over human rights and the future of Hong Kong, ties have warmed in recent years and economic relations have increased in what both countries call a “golden age” Although Britain has bothered China last year, launching a nuclear project that was subsequently approved.
China is the top of the list of UK countries with which to sign a free trade agreement once Britain is going to leave the European Union.
Xi said the two countries should deepen cooperation in the areas of finance and nuclear power, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, without giving further details.