Deputy Director General, International Department, Central Committee, Communist Party of China said
“I am shocked and saddened to the untimely death of Redmond.
“I recall our efforts to promote and encourage better understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation between Beijing and London by working with Redmond.
“His understanding of the importance of such links and the potential of fruitful cooperation as well the readiness to help impressed me a lot.
“At the time of difficulty, my thoughts are with Kate Hudson, who I met both while I was in London and in Beijing during her visit to China, and Redmond’s friends and colleagues.
“Please do convey my personal sympathy and condolences.”