On March 13, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK exchanged congratulatory messages, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ambassadorial level diplomatic relations between both countries.
Li Keqiang expressed in the congratulatory message that over the past 45 years, the interest integration between China and the UK has been continuously deepened. Both countries have made fruitful achievements from mutually beneficial cooperation and increasingly intensified people-to-people and cultural exchanges, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples. Currently, China-UK relations stand at a new starting point in history and share a solid cooperation foundation as well as a broad development space. China is willing to make joint efforts with the UK to further consolidate bilateral political mutual trust, pursue new achievements in mutually beneficial and practical cooperation, and push bilateral relations for further and steadier development along the track of mutual trust, mutual complementarity and mutual benefit, so as to better benefit the people of both countries.
Theresa May extended best wishes to the Chinese government and people in her congratulatory message. She said that the UK-China partnership enjoys a sustained development. Both sides maintain frequent high-level exchanges, achieve fruitful outcomes from high-level dialogues, increasingly intensify trade and investment communication, and constantly deepen people-to-people and cultural exchange, which has greatly improved the well-being of the two countries. Looking into the future, the UK-China cooperation will surely score more fruitful achievements.