Embassy Spokesperson's Letter regarding Telegraph Article Calling China Hostile State
The Telegraph published an article entitled China must now be treated as a hostile state on April 1, which deliberately slanders China by disregarding China’s huge sacrifice and great contributions to the global fight against covid-19, and undermines the joint efforts of the international community. The article also openly incites confrontation and poisons the atmosphere of the joint anti-epidemic endeavor between the two countries, in spite of the fact that China and the UK have been having mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. It is in total disregard of the fundamental interests of the people of both China and the UK. We at the Chinese Embassy in the UK are deeply concerned about and firmly opposed to the propositions of this article.
China and the Chinese people have made strenuous efforts and huge sacrifice in this global fight against covid-19. In an open, transparent and responsible manner, China has released information to the whole world, cooperated vigorously with the international community and offered assistance to more than 120 countries, including the UK, and 4 international organizations. As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said, China “deserves our gratitude and respect” and China’s experience is “worth learning”.
China and UK are important partners in the global response to public health emergencies. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Johnson have held two telephone conversations in over a month, conveying the firm resolution of the two countries to work shoulder to shoulder in the fight against covid-19. They have also charted the course for China-UK “Golden Era” going forward. The relationship between China and the UK features mutual benefit and win-win cooperation for both countries and peoples. I believe that China and the UK can strengthen mutual trust, enhance cooperation and deepen friendship as we work together to overcome the challenge from covid-19 and the attempt to undermine China-UK relations will not succeed.
At this critical moment for mankind, I hope the media would take up their due social responsibilities, adopt an objective view of China’s anti-epidemic efforts and the development of China-UK relations, and send out more positive messages that are conducive to promoting win-win cooperation.