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· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming contributes an article to The Sunday Telegraph entitled China will play a full part to form open world economy(2019-12-09)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Scottish Chamber of Commerce Lunch: Seize the Opportunities to Take China-Scotland Cooperation to a New Level(2019-12-03)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives an Exclusive Interview to People's Daily(2019-12-02)
· Minister Ma Hui Meets with Youth Football Delegation of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation(2019-11-30)
· Madam Hu Pinghua Attends Performance of China National Peking Opera Company(2019-11-30)
· Chinese Embassy Hosts Reception Marking the Opening of New Session of the International Maritime Organization Assembly(2019-11-28)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Interview on BBC's HARDtalk(2019-11-28)
· The Financial Times publishes a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled: China wants to build deeper educational links with Britain(2019-11-27)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception on the Occasion of the 31st Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization: Build a Maritime Community with a Shared Future for Mankind through International Maritime Cooperation(2019-11-27)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with China's Chang'e-4 Mission Team(2019-11-26)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends Celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Bank of China London Branch(2019-11-24)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Bank of China London Branch: Forge ahead towards a Brighter Future(2019-11-23)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming met with Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng(2019-11-21)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds the Third Press Conference on the Situation in Hong Kong at the Chinese Embassy(2019-11-18)
· Minister Ma Hui Gives a Live Interview on BBC Newsnight(2019-11-16)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on CNBC(2019-11-16)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Conveyed the Solicitude of Leaders of the Central Government to Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng(2019-11-16)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Chairman of Corporate & Institutional Banking of BNP Paribas Alain Papiasse(2019-11-15)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Global Markets Conference 2019 Held by BNP Paribas: Share the Opportunities of China and Join Hands to Create a Better Future(2019-11-15)
· Madam Hu Pinghua Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Confucius Classroom at Tollgate Primary School(2019-11-12)
· Remarks by Madam Hu Pinghua at the Launch of the Confucius Classroom in Tollgate Primary School(2019-11-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Young Icebreakers Anniversary Dinner and Delivered Keynote Speech(2019-11-09)
· Minister Ma Hui Attends My People, My Country Event and Oxford Cambridge UK-China Youth Forum to Mark the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of People's Republic of China(2019-11-09)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Young Icebreakers 11th Anniversary Dinner: Fully and Faithfully Implementing "One Country, Two Systems" is Key to Sustained Prosperity and Stability in Hong Kong(2019-11-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends Celebration of the 5th Anniversary of CCB London's Launch of UK RMB Clearing Services(2019-11-08)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of CCB London's Launch of UK RMB Clearing Services: Enhance Financial Cooperation and Deliver More "Golden Fruits"(2019-11-08)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Opening Ceremony of the China Pavilion at WTM London(2019-11-05)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Opening Ceremony of the China Pavilion at WTM London: Get a Glimpse of the Beauty of China and Build a Bridge of Friendship and Cooperation(2019-11-05)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Attend V&A's Fashion in Motion 2019(2019-11-04)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Ma Qiang Newly-Appointed Chinese Consul General to Edinburgh(2019-11-02)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Financial Secretary of Hong Kong SAR Government Chan Mo-po(2019-11-01)
· Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at The UK Financial Services Industry Beyond BREXIT Summit: Seize the Opportunity to be a Future Leader(2019-10-28)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming meets with David Miliband, Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee(2019-10-28)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming opens Twitter account(2019-10-25)
· Minister Counsellor Yang Xiaokun Attends the 2nd China Book Festival and the Launch Event of "Chinese Bookshelf "(2019-10-25)
· Financial Times publishes Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's letter "Productive partnerships are never built on insults"(2019-10-24)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Closing Ceremony of the 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention: Our Common Roots, Our Shared Future(2019-10-24)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention: Leverage the Strengths of Chinese Entrepreneurs and Create New Opportunities(2019-10-23)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and His Wife Attends "Weaving Dreams, Spinning Wonders - a Showcase of the Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture" Fashion Event(2019-10-23)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "Weaving Dreams, Spinning Wonders – a Showcase of the Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture" Event: A Story of Win-Win Cooperation(2019-10-22)
· Madam Hu Pinghua Holds Silver Sunday Chinese Culture Trip at the Chinese Embassy(2019-10-19)
· A Glimpse into the Chinese Culture Lights up the "Silver Landscape" in London--Remarks by Madam Hu Pinghua at the "Silver Sunday" Chinese Culture Trip at the Chinese Embassy(2019-10-18)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Gareth Neame OBE, Ambassador of the GREAT Britain Campaign(2019-10-18)
· Minister Counsellor Wang Qi Attends the "70 Years of China" Panel Discussion Hosted by the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding(2019-10-18)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Attends the Award Ceremony of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019(2019-10-16)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and His Wife Attend Gala in Celebration of National Day Hosted by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in the Midlands(2019-10-15)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "My People, My Country" Gala: Singing of National Rejuvenation and China-UK Friendship(2019-10-14)
· Madam Hu Pinghua, Wife of Chinese Ambassador to the UK Attends Charity Banquet on UN International Day of the Girl Child(2019-10-13)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on CGTN Agenda(2019-10-13)
· Remarks by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the 21st Century China Forum: Take the Lead in Open Cooperation on Innovation and Deliver Win-Win Results(2019-10-12)
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming contributes an article to The Sunday Telegraph entitled China will play a full part to form open world economy
2019/12/09

On 8December 2019, The Sunday Telegraph carried an article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled China will play a full part to form open world economy. The newspaper's website published the article under the title China is not interested in the competition of ideologies. The full text is as follows:

Recent articles by some Western officials and scholars have labeled China as an even greater security risk and called for Nato members to unite against China. I would like to emphasise the following three points to clear unnecessary misunderstanding and unwarranted concern.

First, China is committed to the path of peaceful development and does not threaten anyone. The 2,500-year-old masterpiece The Art of War opens with these words: "War is the gravest decision a State can make. It is a matter of life and death, a road to either safety or ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected." The essence of this quotation is that one should be prudent on military affairs and try to avoid wars. For thousands of years, peace has become part of the genes of the Chinese nation.

The development of New China from an impoverished country at its founding 70 years ago to the world's second largest economy is achieved thanks to the diligence, wisdom and hard work of the Chinese people as well as the peace and stability of the world as a whole. China's development in the future still needs a peaceful and stable external environment.

Both the teachings of ancestors and the experience in modern times determine that China will remain committed to the path of peaceful development, promoting peace through its development and ensuring development through upholding peace.

Therefore, China's defence policy is defensive in nature. In the past 70 years, China has never started a single war or conflict. It is the only nuclear power in the world which has promised no first use of nuclear weapons. Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has the lowest level of per-capita defence spending, only one eighteenth of the US and one ninth of the UK. Following the path of peaceful development is not an expedience but the solemn promise of China to the world.

Second, China upholds the common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept and does not seek confrontation with anyone. The world we are living in is already a community with intertwined interests and a shared future, where peace, development and win-win cooperation are the irreversible trend. It is time for thinking outside the Cold War box and for pursuing peace and security through cooperation.

This requires those who see China's rise as a threat and China's development as a risk to cast aside their Cold War mentality and give up their belief in the "Thucydides trap".

Facts speak louder than words. As the second largest contributor to the UN regular budget and peacekeeping budget, and the largest contributor of peacekeeping personnel among the P5, China is living up to the mission of safeguarding world peace. The Belt and Road Initiative that China proposed follows the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefits and serves as an important platform for exchanges and cooperation between countries of the world.

China is committed to the path of its own choice, will never export its development path, model or values, and is never interested in the competition of ideologies. For anyone with an open and inclusive mind, it is easy to find friends and partners all over the world instead of rivals or threats.

Third, China's development intention is open and aboveboard and China does not seek to replace anyone. Despite being the world's second largest economy, China is still the world's biggest developing country with an average per capita GDP of less than 10,000 dollars, lower than many countries in the world. The challenges of unbalanced and inadequate development remain severe.

Meeting the aspiration for a better life for 1.4 billion people remains a daunting task. Development of the nation and wellbeing of the people remain the focus of all China's endeavour and the goal is for the Chinese people to live happier, healthier and longer.

China does not believe in the logic that power inevitably leads to hegemony. What China seeks is self improvement, not challenging or replacing anyone. Achieving development for one fifth of the world's population is China's greatest contribution to mankind and the biggest obligation it has fulfilled.

China is pursuing a new round of opening up at a higher level, and wants to work with the other countries to build an open world economy through cooperation, with innovation and for mutual benefit. This will create greater opportunities for the win-win cooperation and common development of all countries in the world.

Countries of the world have come to a crossroads where they should choose peace not war, development not stagnation, dialogue not confrontation, and inclusiveness not estrangement. Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." China is ready to speak and listen, in order to enhance communication, deepen mutual understanding and promote win-win cooperation with other countries. China is committed to the path of peaceful development, and calls on everyone to do the same and join hands with China to safeguard world peace and prosperity.

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