On 12 May, Minister Ma Hui had a video conversation with Stephen Kinnock MP, Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific, sharing information on China’s fight against COVID-19 and global coordination to tackle the challenge, and exchanging views with him on China-UK relationship.
Minister Ma said, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has adopted decisive measures for epidemic prevention, control and treatment and achieved major strategic outcomes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and China’s economic and social activities are getting back to normal, which has bolstered the international community’s confidence in overcoming the pandemic. Meanwhile, guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China has been actively engaging in international cooperation. It has shared information and experience with WHO and relevant countries and regions at the earliest possibility. So far, China has sent 22 teams of medical experts to 20 countries and provided medical supplies to more than 150 countries and international organizations. This pandemic has driven home one clear message that humanity is a community with a shared future and that only with solidarity and cooperation can the international community overcome the difficulty. China resolutely opposes politicizing the pandemic, labeling China with the virus and stigmatizing China.
Ma pointed out that China and the UK have maintained close cooperation in this battle. At the same time, China is ready to work with all countries, including the UK, to safeguard global public health, meet world economic challenges and promote the well-being of people around the world.
Ma noted that UK’s Labour Party has long been committed to developing relations with China and has made important contribution to the development of China-UK relationship. He hoped that the Labour Party would make continued effort to promote China-UK relations. Meanwhile, China is ready to enhance communication with the Labour Party and continue to deepen cooperation in various sectors to build a sustained and healthy China-UK relationship. The Chinese Embassy in the UK is willing to maintain close contact with the diplomatic team of the Labor Party to exchange views and enhance mutual understanding on the two countries’ respective developments, the bilateral relationship and international and regional issues.
Kinnock said, since its reform and opening up, China has achieved remarkable economic and social progress and gained increasing international influence. Today, countries of the world are connected to each other more than ever and no global challenge can be solved without China’s involvement. The Labour Party has always supported multilateralism and internationalism, and advocated deepening global collaboration and joint response to challenges. As the pandemic is ravages the world, all countries should learn from each other, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, especially in international collaboration in vaccine research and development, and strive to win the battle against the virus as soon as possible. Kinnock said the UK stands against stigmatization. The UK and China can strengthen exchanges and dialogue on the basis of mutual respect, carry out mutually beneficial cooperation and promote the continuous development of UK-China relations.