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A timeline of China-UK Ambassadorial Relations: 2000-2009

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of ambassadorial relations between China and the UK. In this series, we take a look at some of the key events that have taken place between 1972 and 2022, continuing with the years 2000-2009.

 

2000

  •  Vice Premier Wen Jiabao speaks at a CBBC Business lunch.
  • Works by British Sculptor Henry Moore are put on display in China for the first time.

2001

  • CBBC President Lord Powell and Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao meet in Beijing 
  • At the invitation of Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao pays an official visit to the UK.
  • The China-UK Investment Partnership is established. 
  • China becomes a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Shandong Cultural Week is held in London.

2002

  • Sir Christopher Hum becomes British Ambassador to China.
  • Zha Peixin becomes Chinese Ambassador to the UK.
  • The Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Li Ruihuan, visits the UK at the invitation of Lord Irvine, the Lord Chancellor.
  • UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw makes a trip to China, during which he talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan.
  • Foreign Minister Tang Jianxuan visits the UK.
  • The China-UK High-Tech Forum is held in Shanghai. 

2003

  • The UK launches Think UK in China. This initiative was launched across four cities to provide more information about contemporary Britain in China. 

2004

  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pays an official visit to the UK. The two sides issue a joint statement to announce the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the UK.
  • Premier Wen Jiabao attends a CBBC dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

2005

  • President Hu Jintao and Madam Liu Yongqing pay a state visit to the UK, with President Hu Jintao holding talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair. 

2006

  • Sir William Ehrman becomes British Ambassador to China.
  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pays a working visit to the UK.

2007

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visits the UK.
  • Madam Fu Ying becomes Chinese Ambassador to the UK, the first woman to hold the position.

2008

  • The 2008 Summer Olympics are held in Beijing. China topped the medal table with 48 gold medals, while the UK placed fourth in terms of gold medals and total number of medals.

  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown pays his first official visit to China, where he attends the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and meets with Premier Wen Jiabao. 

  • The Olympic flag is handed over from Beijing’s Mayor  Guo Jinlong  to London’s mayor  Boris Johnson for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Anne accepts the Olympic torch during the Olympic torch relay finale in London for the 2008 Beijing Games. 

  • The formal Wales-Chongqing friendly cooperative agreement is signed. 
  • The UK-China Economic & Financial Dialogue is established. 

2009

  • China marks the 60th year since the Communist Party came to power. The queen sends a congratulatory message to President Hu Jintao. 

  • Premier Wen Jiabao pays an official visit to the UK and meets with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
  • The British Government issues its first China strategy paper, “The UK and China: A Framework for Engagement.” China lists this as “a major priority” for the future of the UK’s foreign policy.

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