BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the UK next week. It comes amidst growing ties between the two countries. UK is now already China's second largest trading partner in the EU. And both countries are trying for more.
In an exclusive interview with CCTV, British Prime Minister David Cameron says that "opportunity" is the key word for China-UK relations. He says the Ren-min-bi's internationalization is a big development for the world economy, and joining in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is important and beneficial for the United Kingdom.
Q1: How do you look at RMB's internalization process?
A1: I think it's one of the big developments taking place in the world economy today. As Chinese economy has such an economic major power in the world. Obviously it's currency and internationalization of the currency is a big development for the world economy. so it's big opportunities to the benefit of China...but also big benefit to Britain to help with process.
Q2:Your government is the first Western government to join the AIIB, how do you look at the rebukes from the US side, and how do you balance the relations with China and the US?
A2: We have very long standing relationship with US, and I think it gets stronger since I have been Prime Minister, and Barack Obama has been President. But we see no conflict with having that very special relationship. We want to be a strong partner with China, as Chinese economy continues to grow. AIIB, I think it is an important to get involved in the institutions, and help to shape these institutions, because to benefit Asia countries. Britain is a global trading nation, so to be involved in the development of these important institution is clearly our national interest, and I think it would be benefit of the AIIB as well.
Q3: My last question, there are many words to describe China-UK relations this year, like the big year, like the golden decade, what's your word?
A3: Golden is one of the words I introduce. I think it's a very special moment when we've got the diplomatic relationship so strong, trading and investment relationship is so strong, But what I use today is opportunity, because I think opportunity is for Chinese investment into United Kingdom, that absolutely both beneficial for Britain and China, so the word I use is opportunity, a strong relationship. But I think the best is yet to come.