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Liu Yandong Attends China-UK Health Policy Dialogue

On September 17 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong jointly attended the China-UK Health Policy Dialogue with Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt of the UK and Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan at the Royal College of Surgeons in London and gave a keynote speech.

Liu Yandong expressed that since China and the UK established diplomatic relations more than 40 years ago, health cooperation has maintained a sound momentum. Both countries have carried out effective cooperation in a wide range of fields, including poverty reduction, research on major health policy, medical and health system reform and the prevention and control of major infectious diseases. Since the China-UK High-level People-to-people Exchange Mechanism was launched three years ago, health cooperation has been further expanded and deepened. The UK boasts advanced national health service system, while China is deepening the reform of the medical and health system in efforts to build a healthy country. Enhancing health cooperation between China and the UK not only will help raise the two peoples' health level, but also bears global significance.

Liu Yandong put forward three suggestions on strengthening China-UK health cooperation: first, elevate the level of health cooperation to create new highlights in people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The two sides should strengthen in-depth cooperation in areas like policy-making and talent training, and jointly push forward the innovative practice of hierarchical medical treatment so as to make positive contributions to the sustainable development of health cause in China, the UK and the globe at large.

Second, reinforce joint efforts to crack hard nuts in medicine science and technology thus provide new driving force for economic and social development. Medical research institutions and enterprises of the two sides should intensify joint scientific researches on difficult problems, expand intellectual innovation and industrial upgrading, provide technological reserve for medical treatment service and disease prevention and control, so as to benefit the two peoples with innovative results and inject new driving force in economic and social development.

Third, promote cooperation in public health security to jointly meet new challenges of global health. As permanent members of the UN, China and the UK should carry on their fine tradition of practical cooperation, coordinate the formulation of national health contingency strategies, and support the WHO to enhance its leadership, coordination and execution in dealing with global public security, so as to improve the health and well-being of all human beings.

Jeremy Hunt expressed that in recent years the UK and China have made a lot of tangible achievements in the field of health cooperation. The UK boasts relatively advanced and sophisticated medical service system and is willing to share its experience, enhance cooperation, and address challenges facing global health security with China.

Margaret Chan expressed that China and the UK have their own advantages in the medical and health sphere and play leading roles in coping with challenges facing global public health security. The WHO expects to strengthen cooperation with the two countries so as to make positive contributions to coping with the challenges.

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