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Charge d'Affaires a.i. Zhu Qin Meets with Francesca Unsworth, the BBC's Director of News and Current Affairs

On February 1, 2018, Charge d'Affaires a.i. Zhu Qin of the Chinese Embassy in the UK met with Francesca Unsworth, the new BBC Director of News and Current Affairs. Counsellor Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy, Andrew Roy, Foreign Editor, and Jonathan Munro, Head of Newsgathering, at BBC News were present.

Zhu briefed them on Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the latest development of China-UK relations, saying that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China points out that China has entered a new era. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought, the Chinese people are making unremitting efforts in achieving the two centenary goals: to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the time the Communist Party of China marks its centenary and to build China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious by the time the People's Republic of China celebrates its centenary. This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up policy and the 5th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. China will continue to deepen reform, open up wider to the outside world, and further implement the Belt and Road Initiative. The Chinese Government will take new and important measures in various fields including risk prevention, pollution control, improvement of people's livelihood and the fight against corruption. China's development will not only improve the welfare of the Chinese people, but also bring more opportunities for the world.

Zhu said that President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK in 2015 opened up the "Golden Era" of China-UK relations, and the two countries have embarked on a fast track in building the bilateral relations. British Prime Minister Theresa May is currently paying an official visit to China, which has achieved important results. The leaders of both countries have agreed to enhance the "Golden Era" and promote the healthy and stable development of China-UK relations in the new era. He was convinced that May's visit will be a good beginning for China-UK relations in the new year, and will inject new momentum to the exchanges and cooperation in all fields between China and Britain.

Zhu pointed out that the BBC, with its global influence, has been paying close attention to China and increasing its coverage on China in recent years. He expressed the hope that, in the new year, the BBC will report on China in a more objective, fair and balanced way, presenting to the world a true and progressing China, so that people from Britain and other western countries can better understand China, and add more positive energy to China-UK relations.

Unsworth thanked Zhu for his comprehensive briefing and said that China's development and influence have drawn more and more attention worldwide. The BBC has always attached great importance to reporting on China, and China is one of the five places in the world where the BBC assigns an international editor. In the new year, the BBC hopes to report more on China and make more contribution to increasing the understanding of China in the west.

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