Jeremy Hunt accidentally describes his Chinese wife as Japanese in Beijing

Jeremy Hunt accidentally describes his Chinese wife as Japanese in Beijing

Jeremy Hunt accidentally describes his Chinese wife as Japanese in Beijing

Hunt later told a news briefing that China had offered Britain talks on a post-Brexit free trade deal.

China has been looking for allies in its fight with the United States, initiated by the Trump administration, which says China's high-tech industries have stolen intellectual property from American firms and demanded Beijing act to buy more US products to reduce a $350 billion trade surplus.

Hunt, making his first trip to China in his new role, accidentally mistook his wife's own nationality while speaking to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. Aside from trade, planned topics of discussion include "climate change, development, security and non-proliferation and enforcing United Nations sanctions on North Korea", according to the foreign office.

Hunt said Britain appreciates China's achievements in poverty reduction as well as economic and social rights.

Mr Hunt said: "We had extensive discussions about one country, two systems and the current situation in Hong Kong, and we had a very open and frank discussion about the concerns raised by a number of people".

China and Britain should also oppose trade protectionism and uphold global free trade, Wang added. British exports to China have risen by 64 per cent since 2010 and Theresa May agreed £9 billion worth...

An agreement in principle on Britain's departure from the European trading bloc - set for March 29, 2019 - must be reached before a European summit in mid-October.

Since Johnson resigned, the position has been filled by Jeremy Hunt, who appears to be carrying on BoJo's legacy.

Following his visit to China hunt will head to Paris and Vienna for talks with his counterparts on issues such as Brexit and global security issues such as the threat form Russian Federation, the Iran deal and the war in Syria.

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