At this important historical moment, as we build on past achievements and aim for new success, I would like to share with you my three suggestions.
First, be a firm supporter of China-UK "Golden Era" 2.0. During Prime Minister May's visit to China, the leaders of our two countries agreed to build China-UK "Golden Era" 2.0. This will guide the relations between our two countries as we move forward. I suggest the business communities of our two countries seize this "golden opportunity", tap your comparative strength in capital, market, technology and expertise, and engage in cooperation in areas that benefit both sides. I hope you will deliver more "golden fruits" for China-UK "Golden Era" 2.0.
As we talk about "Golden Era" 2.0, I would like to advertise for China's first International Import Expo, which will be held in Shanghai this coming November. We hope to see more British companies at this Expo. I am sure this will be an excellent opportunity to help British products find their way into the Chinese market and create new growth in China-UK trade.
Second, be an active promoter of Belt and Road cooperation. The Belt and Road Initiative is open, transparent, inclusive, and win-win for all. The UK has a competitive edge in experience, expertise, innovative ideas and services, while China is strong in new business models, capital, infrastructure construction and product commercialization. Our two countries can match our strengths and work very well together in these areas.
The Belt and Road Initiative offers "natural opportunities" for our two countries. Our cooperation has huge potential and broad prospects. Therefore, China and the UK have every reason to be "natural partners" in the Belt and Road Initiative. This will deliver benefits to our two countries and our people. It will also create more opportunities for other participating countries. I hope the business communities of both China and the UK will deepen cooperation under the framework of this Initiative and deliver win-win results for all.
My third suggestion is: be the leader in building an open world economy. As countries of global influence, China and the UK have important obligations to improve global economic governance and promote world economic growth. Our two countries have a growing consensus in upholding free trade and opposing protectionism. China is committed to building a modernized economy and an open economy of higher standards. This has created an opportunity for our two countries to increase cooperation at both bilateral and global levels.
On the bilateral level, we can deepen cooperation in artificial intelligence, green energy, digital economy and sharing economy. On the global level, we can enhance coordination in global economic governance and economic globalization, and take concrete steps to drive world economic growth. In the words of Prime Minister May, China's decisions together with Britain's will "shape the world around us".
Ladies and gentlemen,
There is an old Chinese saying which goes: "Victory is ensured when people pool their strength; success is secured when people put their heads together." In this complex and changing world, we must free ourselves from the old mentality of the Cold War, think in new ways, seize new opportunities and carry out new cooperation.
I am convinced that the business communities of our two countries will follow the trend of the world, keep the big picture of China-UK relations in mind, and join hands to blaze new paths. As long as you do, I am sure I can count on you to make new contribution to China-UK "Golden Era" 2.0, and write a new and more splendid chapter for China-UK cooperation!
In conclusion, I wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Dog!