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Minister Ma Hui Meets with Conservative Party Daniel Kawczynski MP
2020/02/18

On February 17, 2020, Minister Ma Hui of the Chinese Embassy in the UK met with Conservative Party Daniel Kawczynski MP.

Minister Ma said that since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, the Chinese government has attached great importance to the safety and health of the Chinese people and taken a series of special prevention and control measures. The whole nation has been mobilized, and positive results have been achieved. The epidemic is generally preventable, controllable and curable. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, with the joint efforts of the Chinese people, and with the strong support of the international community, including the British government and people, China has the confidence and capability to win the battle against this epidemic. For the sake of the life, safety and health of both its citizens and the people of world, China has made huge efforts and sacrifices, making important contribution to global public health. The World Health Organization and many other countries have expressed their appreciations and given due credits to China. This is a global challenge that requires all parties to work together. Any denigration of China and the Chinese people under the pretext of the epidemic are unacceptable.

Minister Ma said that China-UK relations have made progress in general in 2019. He emphasized the importance of respecting China’s major concerns and core interests and hope that the UK would seize the opportunities of Brexit, the Belt and Road Initiative and the 5th anniversary of China-UK “Golden Era” to further deepen China-UK relations and pragmatic cooperation in various fields so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. The epidemic will not change the growth momentum of China’s economy in the long run, and China-UK economic and trade cooperation has promising prospects.

Kawczynski MP spoke highly of the tremendous efforts of the Chinese government and people in meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic. He was convinced that the Chinese people would eventually win the battle against the epidemic. In face of epidemic, we should stand together in solidarity rather than blaming and discriminating each other, he said.

Kawczynski noted that China and the UK should follow the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs when developing their relations. It is in the interest of the UK that Chinese companies participate in the development of British nuclear energy and 5G networks, and the UK will not make decisions that harm its own interests. After Brexit, the UK-China relationship will face new opportunities. The UK is willing to strengthen practical cooperation with China in various fields and sign a free trade agreement with China as soon as possible. The British business community is optimistic about China’s prospects and is ready to expand cooperation with China. He looks forward to an opportunity to visit China in the future and contribute to the advancement of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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