Jeremy Hunt describes his Chinese wife as Japanese in 'terrible' mistake

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi after a press conferenceMore

Noting China-British relations have maintained steady growth momentum in recent years, Wang welcomed Britain to participate more ambitiously in global cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, in areas such as nuclear power, finance and innovation, and in new industries including artificial intelligence, green energy, and the digital economy.

"My wife is Chinese, sorry", he said, adding: "That is a awful mistake to make".

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt co-chair the Ninth China-UK Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, capital of China, July 30, 2018.

"Sorry, that's a bad mistake to make", Hunt quickly added as the group erupted in a fit of laughter.

The former Health Secretary is married to Lucia Guo, with whom he has three children. "That's a awful mistake to make", Hunt said, to laughter in the room.

Mr Hunt was picked by Theresa May to spearhead foreign policy after his predecessor Boris Johnson resigned on principle over her controversial Chequers plan for Brexit.

"My wife is Chinese and my children are half-Chinese and so we have Chinese grandparents who live in Xian and strong family connections in China", he added, referring to the ancient city of Xian in northern.

Mr Hunt is in China in a bid to strengthen trade ties with Beijing ahead of Britain's exit from the European Union next year.

Hunt is in Beijing to discuss issues such as free trade, climate change and enforcing United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

China's top diplomat laced into the United States on Monday, saying that Washington - not Beijing - is responsible for current trade tensions between the two countries and rejecting the notion that China has taken advantage of the U.S.

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