Chinese President Xi Jinping praises China-UK relations in address to British Parliament, foresees ''an even brighter future.'' Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded the close ties with Britain during a speech to parliament on Tuesday (October 20), saying the two countries were increasingly interdependent. "It is fair to say that China and the UK are increasingly interdependent and are becoming a community of shared interests," he said in a speech on the first full day of his state visit to London. "I am already deeply impressed by the vitality of China-UK relations and the profound friendship between our peoples," he added. The Chinese leader was introduced in the Royal Gallery of the Palace of Westminster by the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP. Xi addressed both houses of parliament, in an audience that included Prime Minister David Cameron and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. He told British lawmakers that he hoped the visit would take bilateral ties to a "new level". "I am confident that the people of China and the UK are creative and eager to embrace change, can surely make more opportunities and take our cooperation to a new level. China-UK relations will certainly embrace an even brighter future," Xi said. The address came on the first day of the four-day state visit, the culmination of a three-year charm offensive to attract investment in infrastructure, nuclear power and the government's planned transformation of northern England. Britain has won praise from China for its discretion in dealing with human rights issues by raising them behind the scenes, a policy London says is more effective than hectoring Beijing publicly. Cameron has said he will not duck sensitive issues like the impact of cheap Chinese imports on struggling British steel-makers, however, and main opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to raise rights when he meets Xi later on Tuesday.