|Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during their meeting at Windsor Castle, Britain, June 17, 2014. (Xinhua)|
LONDON, June 17 -- Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Tuesday to boost cultural exchanges with Britain.
China and Britain are representatives of the oriental and western civilizations respectively, Li said when meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
China is ready to learn from Britain to push for a good combination of traditional culture and modern civilization, so as to make fresh contributions to the progress of mankind, he said.
Noting that bilateral relations are moving forward on a right track, thanks to the joint efforts of China and Britain, Li said China is willing to work with Britain to facilitate the healthier and faster development of bilateral ties in a bid to bring greater benefits to both peoples.
Lauding the long-term support from the queen and other members of the royal family for the development of China-Britain ties, Li invited them to pay more frequent visits to China to play an active role in promoting the development of bilateral relations and strengthening the friendship between the two peoples.
Queen Elizabeth recalled her visit to China in 1986, saying the trip had left her with a deep impression.
China has undergone great changes and Britain-China relations achieved substantial progress since her China trip, the queen said, adding that her country has witnessed an increasing number of Chinese tourists and students.
Enhancing exchanges between British and Chinese youths would help them broaden their vision, increase mutual understanding and cement their friendship, she said.
The Chinese premier arrived here on Monday for an official visit. Britain is the first leg of his two-nation trip to Europe, which will also take him to Greece.