Xi: all countries have ‘room for improvement’ on human rights
October 26,2015 By:chinahumanrights.org
|Oct.26,2015--“We will build a global, comprehensive strategic partnership between our countries in the 21st century and jointly open up a golden era,” President Xi told reporters at the joint press conference after meeting Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London on October 21, 2015.
Apart from a multi-billion dollar nuclear deal, Xi also mentioned financial cooperation with UK, including issuing the first outbound RMB bond in London as well as the larger scale of currency exchange between two countries, up from 200 billion RMB to 350 billion RMB.
He quoted the Chinese saying "seize the day, seize the hour" to pledge both countries to take opportunities and work harder to promote the development of Sino-UK relations and improve the well-being of the people of the two countries.
“We’re determined to take our relationship to the next level, including through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which will be of enormous benefit to the region as well as opening up more opportunities for British business to help drive growth and jobs,” Cameron said at the press conference.
“But our relationship goes beyond trade and investment. China and Britain are both global powers with a global outlook,” he added.
“So this visit marks the start of a new era. Some have called it a golden era in relations between Britain and China, an era of stronger economic ties, deeper trade links, closer relations between our peoples and meaningful dialogue on the issues that matter to us both,” Cameron said.
Xi told the press conference: “Coming to the human rights issue, China attaches greate importance to human rights. We have found a path suited to China’s conditions.”
Xi stressed that "there is always room for improvement in the world. China is ready to increase co-operation with UK and other countries over human rights. The majority of the people of a country have the decisive voice in human rights issues.”
Xi also responded to concerns about China’s steel in UK. He said that the world is seeing an "overcapacity" of steel, not just the UK, and this has been seen in China too. He said China has to take a series of steps to "reduce the capacity", adding that it has already been reduced by 770million tonnes already but the task of finding jobs for those workers was a big challenge. He stressed that China’s investment will bring more jobs to UK.
A series of deals have been signed in the two leaders’ presence, including a ￡6bn investment by a Chinese state company in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset, which is expected to be completed in 2025.
By: Qu Yungui Liu Qiang