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Britain’s foreign secretary will visit China in an attempt to shore up ties

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TAIPEI, Aug 29: Britain’s top diplomat, James Cleverly, is set to visit China on Wednesday, in the first
trip by a U.K. foreign secretary to the country in more than five years.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed the long-awaited trip on Tuesday.
“The two sides will have in-depth communication on Sino-British relations and international and
regional issues of common concern,” spokesman Wang Wenbin said. “We hope the British side will
work with us to uphold the spirit of mutual respect, deepen exchanges, enhance mutual
understanding and promote the stable development of Sino-British relations.”
Cleverly’s visit is an attempt to stabilize China-Britain ties, which have sunk to their lowest level in
decades. The countries disagree over issues such as Beijing’s curbing of civil freedoms in Hong Kong,
a former British colony, alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region, China’s support for
Russia and Britain’s close security ties with the United States.
Cleverly said in June he would raise issues such as Xinjiang and Hong Kong with the Chinese
government and request that Beijing lift sanctions on British parliamentarians.
In 2021, China sanctioned five British members of Parliament who are critical of Beijing. They are
barred from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau and from doing business with Chinese
Cleverly was initially scheduled to travel to Beijing in July, but his trip was postponed, and his then-
counterpart, Qin Gang, was later replaced with veteran diplomat Wang Yi.
Besides highlighting human rights and security concerns, Cleverly is expected to explore potential
areas of cooperation with China, such as climate change and trade. (AP)

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