China and the United Kingdom should break the ice of protectionism and build an open an
d inclusive world economy, China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, said in London on Thursday.
“China will continue to embrace the world with open arms and stands ready to work with oth
er countries. We hope the rest of the world would respond in the same spirit,” he said. “In a time when op
enness and inclusiveness are irreversible, protectionism has no future because it is against the trend of history.”
The remarks were made before 400 business, political, and cultural leaders at
tending a Chinese New Year celebration in London that was hoste
d by The 48 Group Club and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Britain.
The year 2018 marked the 65th anniversary of an “ice-breaking trip” to Chi
na in 1953 that was made by a group of farsighted people from the British business community.