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Hu calls for lasting peace, development
Updated: 2005-11-09 10:53

LONDON -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Tuesday evening that China and the United Kingdom have important historical responsibilities and broad common interests in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development.

Speaking at a welcoming banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, Hu said the world today is undergoing complicated and profound changes, and that the human society is presented with both great prospects and severe challenges.

Hu calls for lasting peace, development
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrive at Buckingham Palace in London November 8, 2005. [Reuters]
"In face of both opportunities and challenges, China and the United Kingdom, two permanent members of the UN Security Council and major countries of great influence in their respective region, have important historical responsibilities and broad common interests in safeguarding world peace, promoting common development and coping with various challenges," he said.

"We stand ready to work with the UK to strengthen mutual trust,expand exchanges and cooperation, and make joint efforts for the well-being of the two peoples and a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity," said the Chinese president.

On Sino-UK relations, Hu said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, substantial progress has been made in their bilateral relations.

He said that China and the UK have established a comprehensive strategic partnership, with their strategic interests steadily expanding, cooperation in key areas very fruitful, and mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples growing with each passing day.

"Continued growth of our bilateral relations has delivered tangible benefits to the two peoples," he said.

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