Date
12 December 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on June 17. Photo: Reuters
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on June 17. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li voices opposition to Scottish independence

China has spoken out against Scottish independence, with Premier Li Keqiang using a trip to London to call for a “united United Kingdom”.

“We welcome a strong, prosperous and united United Kingdom. I believe that the United Kingdom can stay at the forefront of leading the world’s growth and development and continue to play an important and even bigger role,” Li told reporters in London Tuesday.

With the comments, which were made at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Li became the fourth leading international figure in the past few days to question Scottish independence, the Financial Times noted.

US president Barack Obama said last week that he wants to see a “strong, robust and united” United Kingdom, while Pope Francis had cautioned that independence of nations achieved through secession would amount to “dismemberment”.

Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, had earlier said that she would hate to see UK lose Scotland. “I hope that doesn’t happen,” the potential US presidential candidate told the BBC.

A ‘Yes’ vote in September’s Scottish independence referendum would be “a loss for both sides”, Clinton said.

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