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UK and China join together to tackle extreme poverty

To meet the challenges of the 21st Century, the UK and China bring different approaches to development.


The UK and China launched a new development partnership to eradicate extreme poverty, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today during the state visit to the UK by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This partnership will tackle poverty and help achieve the Global Goals, ensuring no one is left behind.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

The UK and China will work more closely to tackle global poverty and promote economic development in Africa, global health, international disaster relief and opportunities for women and girls.

It is testament to our strong relationship that we are able to work on these important issues.

International Development Secretary, Justine Greening said:

Britain and China are very different countries but both have huge experience of development.

Britain and China have successfully worked together on development and humanitarian crises – whether fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone or responding to the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

This partnership will allow us to work together to drive economic growth, gender equality and effective disaster response even more effectively – and in doing so transform some of the world’s poorest countries and make real progress towards achieving the Global Goals.

Notes to editors

  • The UN’s Global Goals were adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit that took place in New York.
  • DFID closed its bilateral aid programme to China in March 2011. DFID no longer provides ODA funding to China or support focused on China’s domestic development.
  • The UK works in partnership with China on global development issues. The purpose of the UK-China development partnership is to reduce global poverty and achieve the UN’s Global Goals in other developing countries.
Published 21 October 2015