|Wang Yi Talks About the Joint Building of the Belt and Road Initiative Between China and the United Kingdom (UK): Openness, Inclusiveness and Principle Orientation|
On July 30, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom (UK) jointly met the press after co-chairing the 9th China-UK Strategic Dialogue in Beijing. Some journalists asked questions about how China and the UK work together to promote the building of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Wang Yi expressed that the UK is a natural cooperation partner of the Belt and Road Initiative and has set multiple records in its participation in the cooperation. The UK was the first major Western country that applied to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), signed the Guiding Principles on Financing the Development of the Belt and Road, and provided funding for the AIIB Project Preparation Special Fund. Just now, I held discussions mainly on the cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt. Both sides agreed to further align the development strategies, tap into the cooperation potential in such fields as finance, law, innovation and trilateral cooperation and discuss negotiating and signing the cooperation documents under the Belt and Road Initiative as well as documents in third-party market cooperation. The UK enterprises are welcome to give play to the advantages in such fields as finance and legal services and actively participate in cooperation in specific projects under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Wang Yi pointed out that since the Belt and Road Initiative has been put forward, it has been welcomed and recognized by most countries and achieved a series of tangible results that benefit all parties. However, some people still have doubts and misunderstanding. I would like to stress again that the Belt and Road Initiative is open and inclusive. We neither seek to establish cliques, nor set high threshold. We welcome any developed country or developing country as well as bilateral cooperation, trilateral cooperation or quartet cooperation that recognize the concept of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. We have promoted cooperation with all countries, including some multilateral and collective cooperation. Such gestures never target any particular country or affect existing regional cooperation mechanisms.
Wang Yi noted that the Belt and Road Initiative is also principle-oriented. We respect internationally accepted law and principles, and hope to carry out green, environmental friendly, sustained and high-quality cooperation in high level and with high standard with all parties. The Hinkley Point nuclear power plant jointly built by China, the UK and France stands as the model. We should certainly take actions in accordance with local conditions in specific cooperation, and respect and accommodate national conditions and actual needs of different countries, which will not contradict high standard and premium quality.