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President Xi Jinping's Special Representative Wang Qishan Attends the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in the UK

2022-09-20 22:15

At the invitation of the UK government, President Xi Jinping's Special Representative Vice President Wang Qishan attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

On the afternoon of September 18, 2022 local time, Wang Qishan went to the Houses of Parliament of the UK to attend the Lying-in-State of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On the morning of September 19, Wang Qishan joined the other countries’ heads of states, members of royal families, and representatives of governments present the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey.

Wang Qishan expressed to the UK side, at this moment of the national mourning in the UK over the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, President Xi Jinping deputed me as his special representative to attend the funeral of The Queen in London. This has fully demonstrated the friendly feelings of  President Xi Jinping, and the Chinese government and people to the British royal family, government and people. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She witnessed the changes of the times, embodied the national spirit and cohesiveness of the country and has been profoundly loved by the British people. She made important contributions to the development of China-UK relations. I therefore convey the mourning from President Xi Jinping, and the Chinese government and people to King Charles III over the passing of The Queen, and the deepest condolences to the British royal family, government and people.

King Charles III sent a verbal message to the Chinese side.  He expressed his gratitude and welcome to Vice President Wang Qishan attending the funeral of The Queen as President Xi Jinping's Special Representative. The British royal family cherishes very much the friendship with the Chinese leaders, attaches importance to the development of UK-China relations, and hopes to continue the cooperation with China in the future on sustainable development and other fields.

Deputy Prime Minister Thérèse Coffey, on behalf of the British government, thanked Wang Qishan for making the trip for the funeral of The Queen. Her Majesty The Queen had always attached importance to UK-China relations. The new government of the UK is pressing ahead with its work, and hopes to work with China to further strengthen cooperation in economy and trade, environmental protection, climate change, multilateral affairs and other fields.

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