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Fu Ying Advocates Strengthening Sino-UK Cooperation in Traditional Chinese Medicine
2007/12/02

In the afternoon of November 29, 2007, H.E. Mme. Ambassador Fu Ying went to Babraham Science & Technology Park in south of Cambridge and attended the opening ceremony of XiangCam TCM Research Centre and Medetrina Bio-incubator Building.

Fu Ying said that she was happy to see the statue of Huang Kuan when visiting University of Edinburgh a few days ago. Huang came to the UK in 1850 and was the first Chinese student graduating from UK university with a doctor's degree. After he returned to China, he opened the first Western medicine clinic in Guangzhou and cultivated earliest Chinese talents in Western medicine. Huang Kuan had a thorough grasp of Western medicine and traditional Chinese merits of healing the wounded and rescuing the dying. Therefore he won respect and esteem of local people, and there was a long queue of patients outside his clinic everyday.

But the road for traditional Chinese medicine going to Western countries was not even. Fu Ying heard that a female Chinese doctor of traditional Chinese medicine named Luo Dinghui opened a small traditional Chinese medicine clinic in London more than 20 years ago. She cured chronic dermatitis of many UK patients with traditional Chinese medicine and the recovery rate was 70%. After it was reported by BBC, British patients waited in long queue outside her clinic. Traditional Chinese medicine is getting more and more understanding and recognition in UK nowadays.

Fu Ying said according to rough statistics, there are more than 3,000 traditional Chinese medicine clinics in UK, 800 of them are based in London. The Royal Family also pay attention and show their support to the development of traditional Chinese medicine. More and more UK scientists and entrepreneurs are becoming supporters of traditional Chinese medicine.

Fu Ying denoted that she read a book named Traditional Medicine: A Culture in the Balance written by a Hong Kong doctor. According to this book, traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine have the same origin in history, but they followed different paths and became far apart from each other and have completely different treatment principles and code of practice now. However, both of them are treasures of human civilization. It is hoped that Chinese and Western medicines can refer to and exchange with each other so as to create more medical miracles and cure more diseases.

Fu Ying pointed out that traditional Chinese medicine is a precious treasure of China with thousands years of exploration. The scientific outlook on development and the diplomacy of harmonious world elaborated in the 17th CPC Congress share many common ground with traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese diplomats had better know something about traditional Chinese medicine.

Fu Ying denoted that China is initiating "International Traditional Chinese Medicine Program for Cooperation in Science and Technology" jointly with some other countries. Bio-medical science and technology and relevant innovation are highlights of Sino-UK relations and priority area of bilateral cooperation. The establishment of XiangCam TCM Research Centre and the opening of Medetrina Bio-incubator Building are examples for traditional Chinese medicine going abroad and results of Sino-UK cooperation in medical science and technology. It realizes the integration of an excellent Chinese private enterprise with a world-famous Cambridge University, of production, study and research, of scientific innovations with industrialization and marketization, which received support from both governments.

Fu Ying said Cambridge has picturesque scenes, profound academic atmosphere, tradition of innovation and support of bio-tech clusters. It is sure that the Chinese side can learn from and cooperate with their Cambridge counterparts so as to create a brilliant future together.

The opening ceremony was presided by David Hardman, CEO of Babraham Bio-tech Co., Ltd. Representatives of UK central and local governments such as Paul Whiteway, Director-General of the International Department, UKTI, and Richard Ellis, Chairman of EEDA and Wang Yonghui, Chairman of Guangzhou Xiangxue Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. attended the ceremony and delivered speeches respectively. Sir Robin Yang, Chairman of EEI, Professor Ian Leslie, Vice President of Cambridge University, Professor Ian Sutherlan from Brunel University, Paul Thorning, President of Innovative Medicine Research Institute, University of Bradford, and representatives from Tsinghua University congratulated on XiangCam TCM Research Centre. More than 70 guests from BBSRC, Cambridge Network and Babraham Biological Science Park also attended the ceremony.

XiangCam TCM Research Centre is the first overseas traditional Chinese medicine research institution invested by a Chinese private enterprise (company website http://www.xiangxuepf.com/ and the first foreign research institutions stationed in Babraham Biological Science Park of UK. Meditrina Bio-incubator Building, which accommodates 27 companies including XiangCam TCM Research Centre, is a professional incubator jointly sponsored by EEDA and BBSRC and administrated by Babraham Biological Science Park.

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