Boris Johnson advised the Chinese president in a phone name on Tuesday that he “loves China” and needs to work with Beijing to elevate bilateral relations to a brand new stage.
China’s ambassador to the UK gave Sky News unique particulars on the uncommon cellphone dialog between a British prime minister and China’s president – the primary such name by Mr Johnson with President Xi.
“They had a very good conversation,” Ambassador Liu stated in an interview on the Chinese embassy in London.
He stated the 2 males mentioned China’s battle in opposition to COVID-19, and Mr Johnson “expressed a high appreciation of the efforts made by China”.
Mr Liu added: “They also talked about how China and the UK can collaborate to fight shoulder to shoulder against this virus.”
On the UK-China relationship, the leaders “talked concerning the relationship, how the 2 international locations will strengthen this relationship for the following 10 years.
“The prime minister also mentioned about the golden era and they reached broad consensus,” he stated.
Ambassador Liu stated Mr Johnson advised the Chinese president “he loves China and he wants to work with China, his administration, to elevate the relationship to a new level”.
“President Xi also expressed our commitment to the relationship,” he added.
The pair additionally mentioned a world convention on local weather change that the UK will host later this yr.
The prime minister advised the Chinese president that he believes “there are a lot of opportunities for China and the UK to work on the global agenda to address to address the global challenges like climate change”.
Ambassador Liu stated: “It is a very good conversation. It not only set the tone but also set the new direction for China-UK relations at a critical moment between China and the UK.”
Downing Street additionally issued a press release concerning the phone name.
A spokesperson stated Mr Johnson “offered his sympathies for those affected by the outbreak of coronavirus in China”.
“President Xi thanked the UK for its support and in particular welcomed the donation of vital medical equipment to China,” they added.