China, Britain to strengthen strategic relation

September 17th, 2011 - 6:37 am ICT by IANS  

Gordon Brown Beijing, Sep 17 (IANS) China and Britain have agreed to strengthen their strategic relationship, a government statement said.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met former British prime minister Gordon Brown Thursday and both leaders spoke on improving bilateral issues, Xinhua reported.

Li said he appreciated the efforts Brown made to advance China-Britain ties.

He said both sides needed to consider the bilateral relationship from a long-term perspective. They also need to enhance political trust.

Economic cooperation between the two countries has potential, he said.

Brown said he would like to make more efforts to develop the bilateral as well as the EU-China relationship.

The former prime minister was invited to China by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs.

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