Chinese premier congratulates new British PM on taking office

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Newly elected leader of the Conservative party Boris Johnson gestures at Conservative party HQ in Westminster on July 23, 2019 in London, England. After a month of hustings, campaigning and televised debates the members of the UK's Conservative and Unionist Party have voted for Boris Johnson to be their new leader and the country's next Prime Minister, replacing Theresa May. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BEIJING, Jul 25, 2019, Global Times. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday congratulated Boris Johnson on his assuming office as British prime minister, reported the Global Times.

In his congratulatory message, Li said China-Britain relations have maintained a good momentum of growth in general in recent years, and the two sides have maintained frequent high-level exchanges and achieved fruitful results in cooperation in various fields.

Li appreciated the fact that Johnson was committed to deepening bilateral relations when he served as foreign secretary and mayor of London.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of its relations with Britain, Li said, adding that on the basis of mutual respect and equality, he is willing to work together with Johnson to deepen political mutual trust, expand pragmatic cooperation in various fields, hold stable the steering wheel of the China-Britain relationship in its “Golden Era,” and make contributions to safeguarding multilateralism and free trade as well as building an open world economy.

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