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Prime Minister David Cameron's Chinese New Year Message
2011-02-03 00:54
I want to send my best wishes to people in China, the United Kingdom and around the world who are celebrating the Chinese New Year. This is not just a time for a great celebration, with firecrackers and fireworks, lion dances and great food. It's a time for friends and family, for new beginnings and old wisdom, for hope and optimism.

In many ways the year ahead will be a difficult one as the world takes the hard and necessary steps to assure economic stability and prosperity. But I'm sure of this: we'll get through stronger and richer if we work together. That's why when I visited Beijing last year, with the largest ever delegation of UK Cabinet Ministers, I called for the UK and China to be "Partners in Growth" with more investment and economic co-operation between our two countries.And I'm delighted to say that is already happening with new deals being signed, new jobs being created and a new ambitious target of a hundred billion dollars worth of trade between China and the United Kingdom by 2015.

And that's why back home, I pay tribute to the Chinese community in Britain and the enormous contribution that they make to our country. The successful stories are everywhere, in science, research, the health services, in catering industries, and the values they live by: the hard work, enterprise and community. They are the values we need if we are to create a stronger economy and a strong society.

So I hope you have a great celebration and I wish you all a prosperous and peaceful year.
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