British diplomat refers to Chinese wife as Japanese in Beijing

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt arrives at the Western Balkans Summit at Lancaster House in London earlier this in July

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt arrives at the Western Balkans Summit at Lancaster House in London earlier this in July

Britain and China are major economic partners, doing about $91 billion annually in commerce.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a joint news conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China July 30, 2018.

China and Japan have shared a love-hate relationship for at least 1,500 years, since China was an empire that considered its neighbor to be a semi-vassal state.

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

'In Austria, the United Kingdom has a vital partner on trade, security and wider European issues for which together we work to defend the rules-based worldwide order and safety of our citizens.

"My wife is Japanese - my wife is Chinese", Hunt said at talks with prominent Chinese leaders, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

China ready to open talks with UK on a free trade deal, says Hunt

It also was revealed last week that British Prime Minister Theresa May was sending ministers to the 27 other member states of the European Union to try to broker back-door agreements after Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier raised reservations about her Brexit plan.

Negotiators want to strike an agreement on Britain's divorce from the trading bloc - set for 29 March 2019 - within the next three months, ideally before a European summit in mid-October.

And, for the last time: Chinese people are not the same as Japanese people.

He continued: "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".

Hunt said Wang made an offer "to open discussions about a possible free-trade deal between Britain and China post Brexit".

The Foreign Secretary will also meet the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Mugabe says he will vote for the opposition in Monday's poll
Elections under Mugabe were often undermined by violence, rigging and voter intimidation. There will be a runoff on September 8 if no candidate wins more than half the votes.

Latest News