On 3 February 2017, Chinese Ambassador to the UK H.E. Liu Xiaoming met with Editor of The Sunday Telegraph Ian MacGregor and Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph Allister Heath at the Embassy. Defence Editor of The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph Con Coughlin and Comment Editor Harry de Quetteville were present.
Ambassador Liu said that The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph are mainstream newspapers with global influence and have a large readership in the UK, Europe and the USA. In recent years, the two newspapers' coverage of China-related issues have been balanced and objective in general, which played a positive role in helping western public including British people to understand China. Ambassador Liu said that the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations kicked off well in 2016, and achieved fruitful results. In 2017, the two countries would celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ambassadorial diplomatic relations between China and the UK, and China would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong and host Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the Ninth BRICS Summit. And the CPC would convene the nineteenth National Congress. Ambassador Liu expressed the hope that two newspapers would continue to keep the overall picture of China's development in mind and report China's development and changes in a comprehensive, objective and positive manner, so as to show to the world a real growing China.
The guests from The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph noted that China is one of the world's most important and fastest-growing countries. The newspapers attach great importance to China-related reports, and are willing to continue to pay close attention to and objectively and positively in their reports, and to further deepen exchanges and cooperation with China.
Ambassador Liu also expounded his opinions on China-UK relations, China-US relations, UK-Europe relations and some regional hotspot issues upon request.
Daily Telegraph, founded in 1855, and Sunday Telegraph, founded in 1961, are owned by British Telegraph Media Group (TMG), with a daily circulation of 650,000, making them the mainstream newspapers with the largest circulation in the UK. Their readers include people from all walks of life, ranging from the British Government and Parliament to business, cultural circles and think tanks. British and foreign leaders often publish articles on the two newspapers.