On March 13, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and British Prime Minister David Cameron exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of ambassadorial-level diplomatic ties between the two countries.
In his message, Wen noted that the China-Britain relationship has stood various tests in the ever-changing international arena over the past 40 years. With bilateral cooperation further broadening and deepening, the China-Britain comprehensive strategic partnership has now become increasingly mature, he added. The two countries have established a prime ministerial-level annual meeting, the Economic and Financial Dialogue, the Strategic Dialogue and the humanities exchange mechanism, with their cooperation on bilateral and global affairs reaching unprecedented levels and their interaction enjoying more public support. The interest basis of bilateral ties has also deepened.
Noting that the international situation is undergoing profound changes and the international community is facing increasing common challenges, Wen said China and Britain, as two permanent members of the UN Security Council and major players on the world stage, shoulder momentous responsibility and meantime have extensive shared interests. China, Wen said, is ready to work together with the UK to further enhance mutual political trust and expand cooperation in bilateral and international affairs so as to bring more benefits to the two peoples and promote global prosperity and stability.
Cameron, for his part, said that the Britain-China relationship has grown in strength and breadth over the past 40 years and that he looks forward to many more years of close cooperation between the two countries. Citing the inaugural UK-China People-to-People Dialogue and the 2012 Summer Olympics, both to be held in Britain later this year, Cameron said "I believe this will provide a unique opportunity to raise our educational and cultural links to a new level." "This is very important, both for us today, and for future generations," the British prime minister continued in his message.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also exchanged congratulatory messages with his British counterpart William Hague.