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China’s Xi lauds Britain for visionary openness

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Staff writer ▼ | October 19, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping heaped praise on Britain for what he called a visionary and strategic choice to strengthen commercial ties with China.
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His trip to the UK comes at a time of global anxiety about China’s slowing growth. Xi himself acknowledged “concerns about the Chinese economy,” but sought to allay them in an interview with Reuters.

China itself is worried about the slowing of the broader global economy, Xi said, even while he expressed confidence that China would weather the current downturn as it reshapes its economy to be more resilient in the future.

That confidence will be on display when Xi arrives in London on Monday evening to kick off a four-day visit that is expected to cement ties between Britain and China, including through a host of business deals.

“The U.K. has stated that it will be the Western country that is most open to China. This is a visionary and strategic choice that fully meets Britain’s own long-term interest,” Xi said in a written response to questions.

“China looks forward to engaging with the U.K. in a wider range, at a higher level and in greater depth.”


 

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