Premier Li congratulates on the 65th anniversary of China-UK 'icebreaking trip'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a letter of congratulations to the 48 Group Club on the 65th anniversary of the "icebreaking trip", hailing the contribution of the club in improving China-UK trade relations.

In his message of congratulations, Li highlighted the efforts made by businessmen of the 48 Group Club in promoting the exchanges between China and the UK in economic, trade and culture fields more than 60 years ago.

"The spirit of the 'icebreakers' embodies the strong desire of the British people for friendship and cooperation with China and represents the irresistible momentum toward a more open and inclusive human society," Li stressed.

China spoke highly of the spirit of the "icebreakers" and expected the spirit would be carried on and would make a greater contribution to the friendship between the two peoples, added Li.

According to Li, the trip has not only contributed to China's reform and opening-up but also facilitated the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

Founded in 1954 by 48 UK's business people who broke the embargo on China by the western countries and were thus honored as the "Icebreakers", the 48 Group Club helped bridge relations between China and the UK.