On September 15, 2011, Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with former British prime minister Gordon Brown in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
Li spoke highly of the positive efforts Brown had made to advance China-UK ties. He said as the current international situation is undergoing profound changes and unstable and uncertain factors are increasing, close coordination and cooperation between China and Britain are not only in the interest of both countries, but also conducive to world peace, stability and development. The two sides should handle the bilateral relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective, enhance political trust and create a positive atmosphere to push forward China-Britain comprehensive strategic partnership.
Economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has great potential, said Li. The two sides should continue to tap their respective potential, explore key projects, create new highlights and jointly fight against protectionism in trade and investment to improve efficiency, Li noted.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the world economic situation, reform of global economic governance and other issues.
Brown said that he would like to make more efforts to promote communication among nations on macroeconomic policy as well as the UK-China and EU-China cooperation.
Brown was invited to China by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.