China and the United Kingdom agreed to strengthen free trade cooperation and advance globalization, announced Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his British counterpart Theresa May at a press conference in Beijing.

The agreement came after British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Beijing and had a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the great hall of the people in Beijing.

Li and May discussed a wide range of international and regional issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula, climate change, bilateral trade and investment, and global economic governance.

May said she is seeking a major economic partner for post-brexit Britain.

May’s visit marks the first annual China-UK Prime Ministers’ meeting, following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic state visit to the UK in 2015. It is also May’s first official visit to china since she took office, and the first by a British Prime Minister in four years.

May is accompanied by leaders of 50 British businesses and commercial organizations.

The two sides also agreed to take their mutually beneficial cooperation to a new level across various sectors within the framework of the belt and road initiative.

Li and May witnessed the signing of documents covering areas such as trade and investment, financial services, scientific innovation, environmental protection, education, and bio-science.

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