Shen Deyong meets with British ambassador to China
Shen Deyong, executive vice-president of the Supreme People’s Court, met British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward in Beijing, Dec 21.
After extending his welcome, Shen said that with the advancing bilateral relations between the two countries, political trust, cultural exchanges, and trade have increased over the past few years. As an example, he cited President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United Kingdom in October, which opened a "golden era" of cooperation between China and the UK.
In a review of exchange and cooperation between the judicial circles of China and the UK, Shen pointed out that a judge exchange program provided training for 80 young Chinese judges from 1998 to 2012.
Shen also mentioned the China-UK program on the exclusion of illegal evidence which ran from 2013 to 2015, improving China’s evidentiary system and promoting exchange and cooperation in criminal cases between the two countries.
China and the UK initiated a justice roundtable conference program which has been held twice since its launch in 2014, Shen added.
He said he hoped the two countries would maintain regular communication and plan for the near future to ensure smooth implementation of bilateral cooperation programs.
To encourage cooperation and diplomatic relations, Shen Deyong offered suggestions such as exchange between high-ranking judicial officials.
Barbara Woodward expressed her belief in more cooperation on judicial affairs between China and the UK in the future, and noted that the British Embassy is willing to work with the SPC to strengthen judicial exchange and cooperation and promote mutual understanding and trust.