Chinese President Xi Jinping made a phone call with British Prime Minister Johnson at an appointment on the afternoon of the 18th.
Xi Jinping thanked Queen Elizabeth II and Johnson for their condolences to China in its fight against novel coronavirus pneumonia. Xi Jinping pointed out that the British side has provided us with material support in the fight against the epidemic, which reflects the friendship between China and Britain and the two peoples.
Xi Jinping stressed that since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has always insisted on putting the safety of people's lives and health first, giving full play to the advantages of the system, giving full play to the strength of the whole country and taking the most comprehensive, strictest and thorough prevention and control measures. After hard work, the epidemic prevention and control situation has undergone positive changes, and prevention and control measures are achieving remarkable results. At present, the epidemic prevention and control work has reached a critical stage. We will resolutely do a good job in the prevention and control of the epidemic, and at the same time strive to reduce the impact of the epidemic. China's economy is resilient, domestic demand is vast, and its industrial foundation is solid. We are confident and capable of achieving this year's economic and social development goals, especially the key tasks of winning the victory of building a well-off society in an all-round way and fighting poverty.
Xi Jinping pointed out that China upholds the concept of a community of human destinies and is not only responsible for the life safety and health of its own people, but also responsible for global public health. We have made great efforts to effectively prevent the spread of the epidemic in the world. China will continue to cooperate with other countries including Britain in an open and transparent manner.
Xi Jinping stressed that both China and Britain are permanent members of the UN Security Council. Under the situation of increasing global challenges, we should jointly assume more responsibilities and show more actions to lead the China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership to start again in the new decade. The two sides should adhere to the strategic and political perspective to grasp the general direction of the development of bilateral relations, adhere to the orientation of mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation, and take care of each other's core interests and major concerns on the basis of mutual respect. The two sides should strengthen high-level interaction, link up with the economic complementarity between China and Britain, and carry out more substantive cooperation. China is willing to work with Britain to safeguard multilateralism and free trade and strengthen communication on major international and regional issues.
On behalf of the British government and people, Johnson expressed condolences to the Chinese people for the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic and highly appreciated China's comprehensive and effective measures to prevent and control the epidemic, timely sharing of information with the international community and efforts to prevent the spread of the epidemic in the world. Johnson said that the British side admires China's speed and efficiency in fighting the epidemic and is willing to continue to provide support and assistance to China. He believed that under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese people will surely win the fight against the epidemic and minimize the impact of the epidemic on China's economic and social development.
Johnson said that I personally love China and am willing to lead the new British government to work with China to close contacts at all levels, deepen cooperation in all fields, and push forward the "golden age" of British-Chinese relations to continuously achieve new results. Britain welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in Britain and is willing to strengthen cooperation with China under the framework of building a "the belt and road initiative". Britain and China are both influential powers and have similar positions on many international issues. Both sides advocate multilateralism, support free trade and safeguard the multilateral trading system. The British side is willing to strengthen coordination on hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting this year and China's hosting of the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting to jointly promote international cooperation in tackling climate change.
Chinese President Xi Jinping made a phone call with French President Macron at an appointment on the afternoon of the 18th.
Xi Jinping pointed out that at the critical moment when China is fighting novel coronavirus pneumonia, Mr. President called again to express condolences and support to China, which fully reflects the deep friendship between China and France and the high level of China-French comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as the high importance you attach to China and China-French relations. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for this.
Xi Jinping stressed that since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has fully mobilized and deployed, and the whole country has united as one to start a people's war to prevent and control the epidemic. China has strong mobilization capability and comprehensive strength, and has experience in dealing with public health incidents. It is sure to win the epidemic prevention and control war. At present, various prevention and control measures are achieving positive results. On the premise of doing a good job in prevention and control, we support and promote all kinds of enterprises and institutions to resume work and production to ensure sufficient social supply. The impact of the epidemic on China's economy is temporary. I believe that through hard work, we can still achieve the set economic and social development goals and tasks this year.
Xi Jinping pointed out that a friend in need is a friend indeed. China not only protects the life safety and health of the Chinese people, but also is highly responsible for global public health safety. China mainly relies on the strength of the Chinese people to fight the epidemic, and at the same time expresses its gratitude to the international community for its help. China has always been open and transparent in its cooperation with other countries, including France, to jointly deal with the epidemic. China is willing to strengthen practical cooperation with France in the field of health and jointly safeguard regional and global public health safety.
Macron once again expressed solidarity with the Chinese government and the Chinese people for uniting to fight the epidemic, and expressed admiration for China's timely and effective measures and its high degree of openness and transparency. Macron said that France has already provided a batch of medical aid to China and is willing to continue to provide help. France respects WHO's professional advice on dealing with the epidemic and its response to the epidemic is generally objective. At present, the French Consulate General in Wuhan is still in operation. France is willing to fight the epidemic with China and take this opportunity to strengthen health cooperation.