Theresa May celebrates Chinese New Year, says China visit deepened bilateral ties

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Liu and British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt were among the guests at the reception to celebrate the Year of the Dog, which started on Feb. 16, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

The British government will take further action to promote the bilateral trade and cultural exchanges, she said, ending her brief speech by saying "Happy New Year" in Chinese.

LONDON, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said her recent visit to China has helped deepen the UK-China "Golden Era" relations.

It was also the first trip to China by a British prime minister since Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Britain in 2015, when both sides sealed the China-UK "Golden Era" partnership.

A series of agreements were signed in such fields as trade and economy, education, culture, and science and technology.

During May's visit, important consensus was reached on bilateral efforts to enhance the "Golden Era" of China-Britain ties, the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, said.

At a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate the Chinese New Year, May said the cooperation agreements signed during her visit can bring more job opportunities to Britain.

May paid an official visit to China from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, her first since she took office in 2016.