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British, Chinese foreign ministers meet in Beijing as part of deepening ties

British, Chinese foreign ministers meet in Beijing as part of deepening ties

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Thursday as part of a visit to strengthen ties between the United Nations Security Council members and close trading partners.
Miliband met with Yang Jiechi at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on the fourth day of his visit to China and Hong Kong, the former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.
"There is a shared determination on behalf of both our countries to deepen the work we do together, to understand each other's positions better," Miliband told Yang at the start of their discussion.
Yang said ties between the two nations were "better now than ever before."
Miliband had earlier said talks would include the twin issues of climate change and ways to mitigate the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, a close Chinese ally.
China buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil exports, sells weapons to the Islamic government and defends it in the United Nations, prompting rights activists to demand Beijing use its influence to convince Khartoum to end violence in Darfur.
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg recently pulled out as an artistic adviser for the Beijing Olympics because of China's link to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
On Monday, Miliband refused to single China out, saying all nations bore a responsibility to encourage dialogue between Sudan's government and Darfur rebels.
On the issue of climate change, Miliband _ speaking to students Tuesday in Shanghai _ said rich industrialized nations must help the developing world pay for a shift to cleaner technologies to fight global warming.
He warned that China and India would face devastating effects of climate change, such as drought and crop disruptions, if they did not opt for cleaner economic development models.


Updated : 2021-08-01 19:59 GMT+08:00