Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, February 20th. On February 20th, Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a telephone conversation with British Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cleverley.

  Qin Gang said that both China and the UK are permanent members of the UN Security Council and are important countries in the world. A sound Sino-British relationship not only serves the interests of the two countries, but also contributes to world peace and development.

China is not a challenge or threat to the UK.

China is committed to high-quality development and high-level opening up. The super-large-scale market advantages and domestic demand potential will continue to be released. The two countries can achieve complementary advantages and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Harmony makes money, and the cooperation between the two sides is inseparable from the good atmosphere between the two countries.

It is hoped that the UK side will view China's development objectively and rationally, meet China halfway, enhance mutual trust, properly handle differences, establish correct understanding of each other, strengthen cooperation, and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

  Cleverly said that China has made great development achievements in the past few decades, and hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, becoming an important force in the world economy.

The UK is willing to strengthen high-level exchanges and strategic communication with China, deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and jointly address global challenges such as climate change and food security.

  The two sides also exchanged views on issues of common concern.