Wang Xiaotao, chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), met with Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary at the UK Department for International Development, on May 9. They exchanged views on cooperation between the two sides.
Wang said that China, as the largest developing country, has provided a large amount of aid in the field of development and emergency humanitarian affairs to foreign countries for a long time. China’s foreign aid features no attachment of any political conditions and "helping to the best of its own ability".
China is willing to strengthen exchanges in international development with the British side on the basis of mutual respect, and explore tripartite cooperation based on the principle of "proposed, agreed and led by recipient countries".
Rycroft introduced the overall situation of British foreign aid. He said that the British side attaches great importance to cooperation with China and hopes to strengthen exchanges with the CIDCA and explore cooperation in the areas of people's livelihoods, emergency humanitarianism, and health care under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.