UK foreign minister accidentally calls Chinese wife Japanese during China visit

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt. File

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (L) speaks during his meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China July 30, 2018.

Hong Kong was under British rule from 1839 to 1997, almost 160 years, following which it was reverted to the Chinese government under the promise that Hong Kong maintain civil liberties and wide autonomy.

"But of course China will continue to support and will stay committed to one country, two systems", Wang said.

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"Hong Kong affairs are the domestic affairs of China".

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Trying to establish a personal relationship with his Chinese counterparts during a visit to China, Hunt charmingly exclaimed, "My wife is Japanese".

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"That's something that we welcome and we said that we will explore", Hunt said, without elaborating.

Hunt added that the United Kingdom was committed to the "one country, two systems" approach as it has been equally beneficial to both Hong Kong and China.

"The UK-China Strategic Dialogue is an important opportunity to intensify our cooperation on shared challenges in worldwide affairs, ranging from global free trade to non-proliferation and environmental challenges, under the UK-China Global Partnership and "Golden Era" for UK-China relations", he said.

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