Li Keqiang Met Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

The Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair met on Wednesday and called for making efforts to strengthen relations between China and Great Britain.

Li Keqiang first recalled his meeting with Tony Blair last year, stressing that the international situation had changed greatly since then.

“The development of Sino-British relations surpassed the bilateral level, in the context of profound and complex international situation, ” said Chinese Vice Premier in a press release issued by the State Council.

China and Britain need to understand the global context while taking a long term perspective to promote bilateral relations, Li said.

He also urged both countries to advance cooperation in areas such as low-carbon manufacturing, protecting the environment and new energies, to create new highlights in bilateral cooperation, and strengthen the capacity for sustainable development.

During his four-day visit to Beijing at the invitation of the Foreign Policy Institute, Tonny Blair has committed to continue to play a positive role in bilateral relations and make efforts to build bridge between both countries.

They also exchanged views on international and regional issues.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between May 1997 and June 2007. It was his third visit to China this year. He left Beijing on Wednesday.

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