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Finland supports visa-free travel between Russia, EU

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev (R) talks with his Finland’s counterpart Tarja Halonen at the Gorki presidential residence outside Moscow November 8, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS / Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin )

November 09, 2010 (KATAKAMI/ RIA NOVOSTI) — Finland supports the bilateral cancellation of visa requirements between Russia and the European Union, the country’s president Tarja Halonen said on Tuesday.

Moscow has made visa-free travel between Russia and the EU a foreign policy priority.

“Finland is among the EU states that support a visa-free regime,” she said. “The European Union and Russia should agree on practical measures required to make progress on the issue, quickly and with regard to all issues, including security.”

Russia submitted a draft agreement on scrapping the visa regime to the EU at the Russia-EU summit in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don on May 31.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rebuked the EU in late September for dragging its heels on the issue, saying that Russia wanted a “clear answer.”

MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti)

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Terimakasih TNI Polri Yang Ada Bersama Rakyat Saat Indonesia Penuh Bencana

Anggota pasukan khusus KOPASSUS menggunakan masker unuk melakukan pencarian dan evakuasi korban tewas di daerah Pejambon, Sleman, DI Yogyakarta (8 November 2010). Photo : BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images

 

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Baret Merah Tak Pernah Mati, KOMANDO !!!


Jakarta 09/11/2010 (KATAKAMI) — Hanya beberapa jam sebelum Presiden Amerika Serikat Barack Obama mendarat di Jakarta, sebuah pesan singkat yang sangat “tajam” di jejaring sosial Twitter datang dari Ketua Komisi I DPR-RI Mahfudz Siddiq dari Fraksi Partai Keadilan Sejahtera :

Jika Obama msh persoalkan Kopassus, silakan berkunjung ke Merapi.  Oke?

Sesungguhnya bisa diartikan, pesan sederhana ini adalah sebuah kritikan tentang “nyinyirnya” sejumlah pihak Amerika jika sudah berbicara tentang militer Indonesia.

Seolah-olah, militer Indonesia itu adalah sesuatu yang pantas untuk selalu direcoki karena begitu layak direndahkan.

Lepas dari segala kelebihan atau kekurangan Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI), rakyat Indonesia seakan tak rela kalau TNI dinistakan, direndahkan derajatnya dan disama-ratakan dengan kasta terendah dalam kehidupan ini.

Arogansi dari pihak manapun yang secara sengaja merecoki, merendahkan dan menistakan TNI ke titik terendah, perlu membuka mata dan telinga mereka tentang bagaimana pengabdian dan kerja keras TNI dalam melakukan misi-misi kemanusiaan disaat Indonesia sedang berduka yaitu tertimpa bencana demi bencana seperti yang terjadi belakangan ini.

Tak cuma TNI, POLRI juga ikut merapatkan barisan dalam memberikan pertolongan mereka kepada korban di berbagai lokasi bencana.

TB. HASANUDDIN, SE, MM, Wakil Ketua Komisi I DPR-RI dari Fraksi PDI Perjuangan

Lewat wawancara dengan KATAKAMI.COM, Selasa (09/11/2010) di Jakarta, TB Hassanudin Anggota Komisi I dari Fraksi PDI Perjuangan secara tegas mengkritik kecenderungan Amerika untuk terus menerus meributkan masalah-masalah pelanggaran HAM yang dikaitkan dengan TNI.

“Kita harus sampaikan pada Obama bahwa Indonesia bukan bagian dari Amerika. Ingat itu ! Dan Amerika juga bukan bagian dari Indonesia. Amerika perlu belajarlah untuk bergaul secara lebih baik dengan banyak negara di dunia ini” kata TB Hassanudin.

Lebih jauh, TB Hassanudin mengatakan bahwa Obama dan Amerika secara keseluruhan perlu mengingat satu hal yang sangat penting bahwa Indonesia tidak pernah latah atau lancang merecoki “keberadaan” Amerika di Afghanistan dan Irak.

“Kita tidak pernah mempermasalahkan keberadaan Amerika di Afghanistan dan Irak kan. Jadi kenapa Amerika ribut sendiri soal Indonesia ? Bahwa Indonesia memang memiliki sesuatu yang harus diperbaiki, ya oke … kami akan memperbaiki dan pasti mampu mengatasinya. Kenapa sibuk sekali bicara miring soal militer Indonesia ?” lanjut TB Hassanudin.

TB Hassanudin yang juga merupakan mantan Sekretaris Militer di era kepemimpinan Presiden Megawati Soekarnoputri ini memberikan penghargaan kepada TNI / POLRI yang terus bahu-membahu membantu rakyat yang sedang tertimpa kesusahan di berbagai lokasi bencana.

“Saya bicara tentang TNI ya. Sejak TNI dilahirkan, memang dikondisikan untuk selalu berada di tengah-tengah rakyat. Bahwa ada pasang surut dalam perjalanan TNI … misalnya dikaitkan dengan pelanggaran HAM atau masuk dalam dunia perpolitikan, itu sisi lain. Tetapi dalam menangani bencana apapun, TNI adalah yang paling solid. Sebab man power yang ada dalam TNI itu stand by 24 jam dalam sehari” ungkap TB Hassanudin.

TB Hassanudin menambahkan bahwa pemerintah memang bisa memanfaatkan kemampuan atau skill yang dimiliki TNI dalam menangani bencana.

“Bila terjadi bencana nasional di negara manapun yang ada didunia ini maka orang pertama yang dikirimkan untuk memberikan bantuan adalah militer. Khusus untuk TNI, mereka bisa ditugaskan untuk ikut menangani dampak bencana. Tetapi sebaiknya penanggung-jawab diserahkan kepada badan lain. Sebab tugas pokoknya berbeda. TNI ditugaskan untuk bertempur” kata TB Hassanudin.

Jenderal TNI (Purnawirawan) Ryamizard Ryacudu, Mantan KSAD

Dukungan terhadap TNI juga datang dari Jenderal TNI (Purnawirawan) Ryamizard Ryacudu selaku mantan Kepala Staf TNI Angkatan Darat.

“Yang paling suka menjelek-jelekkan kita dari pihak Amerika ini kan hanya segelintir saja. Ribut saja soal HAM. Dan kalau saya ditanya soal Obama, dia ini kan anak muda. Saya cuma bicara singkat sajalah. Pemerintah Amerika tidak usah mengkritik TNI. Sebab setahu saya, Obama itu sama Jenderal bintang empat di negaranya saja tidak cocok. Siapa itu namanya ? Jenderal Stanley McChrystal kan. Dia ini komandan tertinggi dalam perang di Afghanistan. Militer Amerika ini, khusus Jenderal-Jenderal mereka adalah para perwira tinggi yang bagus-bagus dan  profesional. Jadi kalau ada perwira tinggi bintang 4 mengecam kepala negaranya maka artinya ada yang salah dari si kepala negara itu. Sebab Komandan Tertinggi adalah orang yang paling mengetahui situasi di lapangan. Jadi tidak perlu mengkritik militer negara lain. Introspeksi diri sendiri dululah” kata Jenderal Ryamizard Ryacudu kepada KATAKAMI.COM dalam sebuah kesempatan.

Ryamizard Ryacudu percaya bahwa TNI akan selalu ada bersama rakyat Indonesia dalam keadaan apapun juga.

Yorrys Raweyai, Anggota Komisi I DPR-RI dari Fraksi Partai Golkar

Sementara itu, Yorrys Raweyai Anggota Komisi I dari Fraksi Partai Golkar juga menyampaikan apresiasi yang tinggi atas kerja keras TNI ( dan POLRI ) dalam menangani berbagai bencana di Indonesia.

“Begini ya, dari semua bencana apapun yang terjadi di Indonesia, sudah pasti yang tercepat untuk memberikan pertolongan di lokasi bencana itu adalah TNI  dan POLRI. Khususnya TNI ya. Dan dimana-mana selalu begitu. Di negara manapun, militer pasti pihak pertama yang dikerahkan untuk memberikan pertolongan pertama dalam bencana dalam skala apapun” kata Yorrys Raweyai.

Menurutnya, TNI memang yang paling siap dan sigap dalam menangani bencana.

“Coba kita lihat, badan atau instansi mana di Indonesia ini yang memiliki kemampuan yang paling lengkap untuk menangani bencana ? Cuma TNI yang bisa melakukan itu. Tentu Polri juga berperan dalam menangani bencana. jadi kita harus menghargai mereka. Itu sebabnya, kami di Komisi I sedang mengusahakan agar didalam Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), unsur TNI dimasukkan didalamnya” ungkap Yorrys Raweyai.

Anggota TNI (KOPASSUS) dan POLRI melakukan proses evakuasi terhadap korban tewas di Desa Argomulyo, DI Yogyakarta ( 5 November 2010). Photo : AP Photo/Gembong Nusantara)

Jadi, seperti kata pepatah, “Anjing menggonggong, khalilah berlalu”.

Biarkan pihak lain berbicara buruk tentang Indonesia ( khususnya TNI ). Sebab yang paling mengetahui sisi baik dan buruk dari negara kita adalah kita sendiri.

Jika memang ada sesuatu yang salah maka kesalahan itu harus diperbaiki sesuai aturan dan ketentuan Undang Undang yang berlalu.

Saat ini Indonesia sedang berduka.

Langit di atas Indonesia memang sangat amat mendung dan seakan gelap gulita.

Di Wasior (Papua), di Mentawai (Sumatera Barat) dan khususnya di Gunung Merapi ( DI Yogyakarta), terjadi bencana alam yang sangat beruntun.

Korban tewas begitu banyak di 3 lokasi bencana alam ini.

Bersama tim relawan, TNI / POLRI masih sangat dibutuhkan untuk memberikan pertolongan yang maksimal di lokasi-lokasi bencana.

Duka Indonesia adalah duka yang sangat dirasakan juga oleh TNI / POLRI.

Sehingga merekalah yang sangat dibutuhkan dan paling bisa diandalkan untuk memberikan pertolongan seluas-luasnya kepada para korban ( terutama dalam masa tanggap darurat seperti saat ini ).

 

Terimakasih TNI / POLRI.

Berbuatlah lebih tulus dan lebih banyak lagi dalam perjalanan pengabdian kalian bagi bangsa, negara dan rakyat Indonesia.

Sebab pengabdian tidak mengenal batas ruang dan waktu.

Kami, rakyat Indonesia, mencintai kalian dengan cinta yang begitu kuat berselimutkan rasa nasionalisme yang sangat amat tinggi.

Dan menutup tulisan ini, ingin rasanya sekali lagi menyampaikan pujian untuk TNI dan POLRI.

Ode adalah syair (kehidupan) yang berisi pujian secara tulus.

Ode untuk TNI / POLRI adalah untaian pujian yang sangat tulus atas kerja keras dan pengorbanan TNI / POLRI di lokasi-lokasi bencana yang terjadi di wilayah Indonesia.

Ketika lagu berjudul Ibu Pertiwi dikumandangkan di saat Indonesia berduka, bersama TNI / POLRI duka demi duka, bencana demi bencana, terlalui dengan penuh rasa kebersamaan yang sangat kuat antar anak bangsa Indonesia.

Sekali lagi, terimakasih TNI / POLRI.

Janganlah berhenti mengabdikan diri dan terus melakukan yang terbaik bagi kebaikan bangsa, negara dan rakyat Indonesia.

YOUTUBE : IBU PERTIWI ( SLANK)

Kulihat ibu pertiwi
Sedang bersusah hati
Air matamu berlinang
Mas intanmu terkenang

Hutan gunung sawah lautan
Simpanan kekayaan
Kini ibu sedang susah
Merintih dan berdoa

Kulihat ibu pertiwi
Kami datang berbakti
Lihatlah putra-putrimu
Menggembirakan ibu

Ibu kami tetap cinta
Putramu yang setia
Mmenjaga harta pusaka
Untuk nusa dan bangsa

(*)

 
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Hamas invites Ahamdinejad to Gaza

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles while attending the 17th International Festival and Fair of Press and News Agencies closing ceremony in Tehran November 1, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl )

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Islamist group calls on Iranian president to visit Strip after his October tour of Lebanon, however estimates say visit unlikely to take place.

November 09, 2010 (KATAKAMI / YNET) — Hamas has invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad to visit the Gaza Strip on Monday. Ahmed Youssef, deputy Hamas foreign minister told Iranian news agency Fars that a visit from the Iranian president would lift the spirits of “the resistance front” as it did with Hezbollah in Lebanon last month.

“We are certain his visit would be very significant,” Youssef said in an interview with the news agency. Iran has yet to provide an official response to the invitation, however such a visit is unlikely to take place as Iranian officials do not usually visit the Gaza Strip, despite politically supporting Hamas.

Hamas sources confirmed that Ahmadinejad had been invited to Gaza as part of Palestinian efforts to break the blockade. They told Ynet that the Iranian president had a positive response to the invitation. Nevertheless, Gaza elements estimated the visit is not likely to occur in the near future.

Last month, Ahmadinejad held his first visit to Lebanon, during which he met with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Tens of thousands of Lebanese rallied in his honor across the country including in Bint Jbeil and Kafr Kana.

Ahmadinejad’s visit was meant to send a message of support to Hezbollah and assist the Shiite group in its internal conflict ahead of an international report on the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (*)

 
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Israel plans 1,300 Housing Units in Jerusalem

A construction site in the Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa in east Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. The Israeli government is moving ahead with plans to build nearly 1,300 apartments in disputed east Jerusalem, an official said Monday, a move sure to escalate frictions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American officials during his current visit to the United States. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

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November 09, 2010. JERUSALEM (KATAKAMI / IsraelNationalNews.com / Reuters) – The Jerusalem regional planning and building commission published plans over the weekend for building more than 1,300 housing units in the capital.

Almost a thousand are planned for the Har Homa neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, while 320 are planned for the northern neighborhood of Ramot,  the Interior Ministry said on Monday, despite fierce opposition from Palestinians.

The timing of the announcement could prove an embarrassment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in the United States looking for ways to revive Middle East peace talks that have stalled over the issue of Jewish settlement building.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said plans for some 1,300 Jewish housing units in two neighborhoods on land Israel seized in a 1967 war had been made public, passing another procedural stage toward eventual construction.

She said the public could still raise objections to the plans and it could take a long time before building commenced.

“It can take months or years from this point until building can actually begin, or even before tenders for building are issued,” Orbach said.

The United States said it was “deeply disappointed” by news of the housing project.

“It is counterproductive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, adding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was expected to bring the matter up in a meeting with Netanyahu in New York on Thursday.

At a meeting in New York with former President Bill Clinton, Netanyahu was asked by reporters to comment on the U.S. criticism.

“You know, President Clinton and I have a lot of things to discuss, but this particular issue I’m going to discuss, I’m sure, with Mrs Clinton on Thursday, so you can ask me then,” Netanyahu said.

Earlier, Netanyahu held talks at the United Nations with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who the U.N. press office said “expressed concern at the resumption of settlement activity and recent announcements of further settlement construction in East Jerusalem.”

PALESTINIAN REJECTION

Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in September almost as soon as they had begun, after Netanyahu rebuffed Palestinian demands to extend a partial freeze on West Bank settlement building.

The limited moratorium did not include construction work in areas Israel considers part of Jerusalem.

An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out any return to negotiations as long as Israel continued to build and called on the United States to act against the Jewish state so that the talks could restart.

“Israel is continuing to create obstacles … There will be no return to negotiations while Israel pursues settlement activities,” Nabil Abu Rdainah told Reuters.

“(Netanyahu) is giving a signal to the Americans that (Israel) will not agree to halt settlements … We demand that the U.S. administration take practical steps to resume the peace process, there will not be a peace treaty without having East Jerusalem as the capital of (the) state of Palestine,” he added.

The State Department’s Crowley said the United States was seeking to understand the background to the announcement, and said “it could very well be that somebody in Israel has made this known in order to embarrass the prime minister and to undermine the process.”

“This is expressly why we have been encouraging the parties to remain in direct negotiations, to return to direct negotiations and to work through these issues face-to-face,” he told a news briefing.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank, in 1967 and regards all of Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they hope to establish in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 
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PM Netanyahu, UN's Ban discuss peace process, Ghajar withdrawal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at U.N. headquarters November 8, 2010 in New York City. Israeli media reported that Netanyahu will announce the Israeli withdrawal from Ghajar, a village straddling the Lebanese-Israeli border. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slams UNESCO decision to classify ancient Jewish holy site as mosque, saying ‘historical facts should not be distorted in the name of politics.’

November 09, 2010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held talks late Monday on the stalled Middle East peace talks and the planned Israeli withdrawal from a site on the Lebanese border.

The two issued a readout of their meeting at UN headquarters in New York, according to which the “secretary general and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the ongoing efforts to move the Middle East peace process forward.”

“The secretary general emphasized that it was vital to break the current diplomatic stalemate, resume negotiations and produce results,” the statement said.

Peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have been stalled since September, when an Israeli moratorium on settlement activity ended. The Palestinians want the freeze extended to continue talks, and Washington has unsuccessfully tried to convince Netanyahu to do so. US President Barack Obama oversaw the relaunching of the direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in early September, only to see them falter once the settlement freeze expired on the 26th of the month.

Ban said he expressed concern at the resumption of the Israeli settlement activities and recent announcements of further settlement construction in East Jerusalem.

The two leaders also discussed the “current proposals on the issue of Ghajar,” a reference to Israel’s plan to end its occupation of the village with 2,200 inhabitants on the Lebanon-Israel border.

Haaretz had reported that Netanyahu planned to announce a withdrawal from Ghajar and the return of control of the village to Lebanon. The planned withdrawal would comply with UN Security Council resolution 1701, which ordered a ceasefire in the fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces in 2006.

The two leaders also reportedly “reviewed the regional situation, including Iran,” in addition to Ban’s urging that Israel “ease the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza.”

Netanyahu also referred to a recent controversial ruling by the UN’s cultural agency, according to which West Bank heritage sites holy to both Jews and Muslims, such as Rachel’s Tomb, would be considered Palestinian.

The ancient tomb, which lies between Jerusalem and the nearby Palestinian-controlled city of Bethlehem, is traditionally regarded as the burial place of a biblical matriarch and is holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

Speaking during his meeting with the UN chief, the PM said that the “the profound link between the Jewish people and the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb had existed for close to 4,000 years.”

“Over a billion people know of this bond and it is documented in the Bible,” Netanyahu said, adding that “historical facts should not be distorted in the name of politics. That would only injure the UN’s stature and the way serious people around the world regard it.”

Last week, Israel said it would reduce cooperation with the United Nations’ cultural watchdog following the classification of Rachel’s Tomb as a mosque.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Israel would not cooperate with UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – in administering five protected sites in Palestinian territory as a dispute that has escalated in recent weeks came to a head.

Speaking with journalists in Jerusalem, Ayalon blamed the Palestinians for influencing the UN to side against Israel.

“This is another attempt at de-legitimization by the Palestinian Authority,” he said.

 
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Photostream : British Prime Minister David Cameron in Beijing

A pilot looks out from an aircraft carrying British Prime Minister David Cameron as it arrives at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Andy Wong)

British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, walks past honor guards upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) drinks tea with entrepreneurs at a converted temple during a trade mission in Beijing, November 9, 2010. Cameron said he was aiming to double bilateral trade with China to more than $100 billion (62 billion pounds) a year by 2015. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Darren Staples )

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron drinks tea with entrepreneurs at a converted temple during a trade mission in Beijing November 9, 2010. Cameron said he wanted to double bilateral trade with China to more than $100 billion (62 billion pounds) a year by 2015 as he visited Beijing on Tuesday at the head of a major trade mission. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Darren Staples )

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron drinks tea with entrepreneurs at a converted temple during a trade mission in Beijing November 9, 2010. Cameron said he wanted to double bilateral trade with China to more than $100 billion (62 billion pounds) a year by 2015 as he visited Beijing on Tuesday at the head of a major trade mission. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Darren Staples )

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) speaks with entrepreneurs at a converted temple during a trade mission in Beijing November 9, 2010. Cameron said he wanted to double bilateral trade with China to more than $100 billion (62 billion pounds) a year by 2015 as he visited Beijing on Tuesday at the head of a major trade mission. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Darren Staples )

 
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David Cameron : Building British Cooperation With China

British Prime Minister David Cameron steps down from an aircraft upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (Getty Images / AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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By DAVID CAMERON

November 09, 2010 (WSJ) — This week I am leading one of the biggest and most high-powered British delegations ever to visit China. We aim to deliver more than 40 specific agreements across the whole range of our bilateral relationship, from trade to low-carbon growth, to cultural and education initiatives. All of it, seeking to take Britain’s relationship with China to a new level and to achieve strong co-operation on our shared economic and political interests.

China’s achievements in recent years are remarkable. With growth averaging nearly 10% a year for more than three decades, China today is the world’s second-largest economy. Over the past five years it accounted for a third of the world’s economic growth. And this economic power gives it new political influence. China today has lifted more people out of poverty than any other country at any time in human history. With the largest population in the world, and with growing economic and political influence, a strong relationship with China is plainly in Britain’s national interests.

But the relationship is not one way. Britain has much to offer China too. The U.K. is the most open economy in Europe and uniquely placed as the gateway to the European Union, China’s largest export market and the world’s largest single market. Britain is home to more than 400 mainland Chinese companies and is already ranked first in Europe for ease of doing business. And we are determined to make Britain the best country in the world in which to do business. That is why we are cutting our corporate income tax to 24%, the lowest in the G-7; creating the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G-20; cutting the time it takes to set up a new business and reducing red tape and excessive regulation.

No other country can offer the same unique advantages, whether our timezone, our language, or our universities—which include six of the best in Europe and two of the top three globally. In fact the U.K. is now China’s top European partner for joint research, which has more than quadrupled in a decade.

There is a strong strategic fit between our economies. China is a key export market for Britain. And as China rebalances its economy and its growing middle class demand new and ever more high value goods, brands and services, so U.K. companies have much to offer.

Indeed, the U.K. Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai—which won the Gold Award for the best Pavilion design—was a showcase for so many of Britain’s strengths, from advanced engineering to education, from low carbon to financial services to the creative industries. In all these areas and many more, British companies and British exports can help China deliver the prosperity and progress it seeks and at the same time help Britain to secure strong and sustainable growth.

On this visit alone, Britain is set to sign new contracts worth billions of dollars involving companies across the U.K. and cities all over China. It is the breadth of sectors and the range of companies involved that is most promising of all. Many small and medium-size enterprises from Britain will be expanding into China in areas such as low-carbon growth, urban design and information and communication technology.

This is in addition to at least $5 billion worth of business that British companies have secured as part of the Airbus contract concluded with China last week and a further $3 billion of investments by Tesco to develop new shopping malls over the next five years.

And with nearly 50 of Britain’s most influential culture, education and business leaders joining me on this visit, I hope these deals can be just the beginning of a new era of bilateral trade between our countries.

We are working to agree a new target to double the value of our bilateral trade with China by 2015 to more than $100 billion a year. And within this we intend to raise U.K. exports to China to $30 billion per year over the same period.

But economic cooperation goes beyond bilateral trade. Both Britain and China have a huge stake in expanding global trade. U.K. Business Minister Vince Cable was here for trade talks yesterday, and Finance Minister George Osborne will today seek to further the cooperation between our two countries through the economic and financial dialogue. On the eve of the G-20 we will be working together to do everything possible to drive progress on a Doha trade round that has frankly gone on for far too long. Next year has to see the deal done, and that means action now. And we will be working in the G-20 to ensure international economic stability so that the global economy can grow strongly again without the economic and financial imbalances that led to the crisis.

But economic cooperation is only part of the story. Our countries have a very important political relationship, which we wish to nurture in the years ahead. As China’s star rises in the world, so does its stake in global stability—in the political stability necessary to keep trade routes open and energy supplies flowing. That is an interest we share. I will be meeting China’s current and future leaders, because Britain and China have long-term shared interests stretching across climate change and energy, international development and global security.

We will announce new agreements to develop co-operation on international energy supply and a new U.K.-China partnership scheme to promote low-carbon growth. We will aim to enhance cooperation in Africa and enhance China’s peacekeeping capacity.

We will discuss our shared interests in international security. We want to work with China to help in global efforts to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, and to put pressure on corrupt and intolerant regimes in Africa. We hope we can work closely together to prevent conflagration in North Korea and to improve the situation for the Burmese people.

Our relationship should be strong enough to address not only those issues on which we agree, but those on which we take a different view. We should do so with respect and mutual understanding, acknowledging our different histories. This visit offers an opportunity to discuss some of the areas where we have differences and how we might narrow them, for example through our continuing human-rights dialogue.

So I hope this visit can be a further step forward in U.K.-China relations, adding momentum to our commercial relationship and cementing an economic and political partnership that can help to deliver strong and sustainable growth and greater security for us all in the years ahead.

Mr. Cameron is prime minister of the U.K.

 
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