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Wang Yi Meets with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson of the UK
2018-05-22

On May 21, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Buenos Aires with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom (UK) on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

Wang Yi expressed that both China and the UK are major countries in the world and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Facing the current international situation that is full of uncertainties, it is necessary for both countries to strengthen strategic communication and deepen strategic cooperation, so as to constantly inject new connotations into the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations. It is hoped that China and the UK, two countries lying respectively on the east and the west ends of Eurasia, could carry out cooperation in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" in a more active manner. Boris Johnson expressed that UK-China relations are very important. The UK is willing to, together with China, intensify communication and strengthen coordination and cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels. As China's "Belt and Road" initiative is the most important cooperation initiative in the world today, the UK side hopes to participate in it, and will regard the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" as a component of the "Golden Era" of UK-China relations.

Both sides exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. Boris Johnson noted that abandoning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear issue would be a disaster, and all parties should strive to ensure the "survival" of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear issue. Wang Yi reiterated China's principled stance and expressed the willingness to maintain close communication with all parties involved in the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear issue including the UK in this regard.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. Wang Yi stressed that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue has lasted for more than twenty years, during which there have been many reversions. We cannot let the past history repeat itself. China has always been supporting direct contacts between the United States (US) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), hoping that both the US and the DPRK could show flexibility, meet each other halfway, eliminate interference, increase mutual trust, realize the meeting between the leaders of both sides as scheduled and resolve respective concerns through dialogue and negotiation.

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