Although my visit has just started, I am already deeply impressed by the vitality of China-UK relations and the profound friendship between our peoples. This gives me good reasons to believe that my visit will lift the bilateral ties to "a new height."
Being here in the old parliament building gives me the feeling that going back in time.
Although China and the UK are located at opposite ends of the Eurasian continent, we have a long shared deep mutual affection. Since the founding of New China in 1949, China and Britain have made lots of first achievements in their bilateral relations.
In China, the concept ofputting people first and following the rule of law emerged in the ancient times.
It is fair to say that China and Britain are increasingly interdependent and becoming a community of shared interests.
24 Chinese naval cadets took part in theNormandy landings during World War II and received personal thanks from Winston Churchill for their gallantry.
Shakespeare wrote: What's past, is prologue.
As a Chinese saying goes, a moutain can never be too high or an ocean too deep.
I hope that you will build a bridge of understanding and cooperation so as to help create an even brighter and more promising future of our bilateral ties.
Francis Bacon wrote, "Wise men make more opportunities than they finds." And we in China often say, "An opportunity miss is an opportunity lost."