China extends help against Coronavirus

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – March 24, 2020
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Geng Shuang, on Monday, held that the pandemic (COVID-19/coronavirus) knows no borders and it brings out the best in humanity, earlier on, the international community offered precious political support and medical supplies to China in the hardest time, as the domestic situation continues to improve, China has started to provide assistance to countries in urgent need within its capacity while continuing to do a good job in domestic epidemic prevention and control.

According to Chinese FO spokesperson Shuang, for countries that have assisted China in its fight against the epidemic, we will return the favour without any hesitation if they need it.

We will offer assistance as our capability allows to friendly countries that are suffering from severe situation and lack of prevention and control materials, especially those developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as regional organisations such as the African Union (AU).

As I said last time, in addition to government-to-government assistance, local governments and enterprises in China have taken action and donated supplies to the worst-affected countries.

As far as I know, local governments of China have donated medical supplies to their counterparts in 19 countries, including Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States.

Chinese companies have donated goods to 20 countries, namely Cambodia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, the ROK, Laos, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sharing the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, many Chinese companies operating overseas have also donated supplies to their local communities with a strong sense of social responsibility.

By doing so, China has lend firm support to global fight against the pandemic and made positive contributions to global public health security, fulfilled its role as a responsible major country and put into practice the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

On March 20, the Chinese FO, together with the National Health Commission (NHC) and the General Administration of Customs, held an online video conference to brief 19 Eurasian and South Asian countries on China’s experience in the prevention and control of COVID-19.

The participating countries attached great importance to the meeting, which was attended by heads of health department and the centres for disease control and prevention, and officials from departments of foreign affairs, civil aviation, the customs and World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives in 11 Eurasian countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan; as well as 8 South Asian countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Maldives, India and Bhutan.

In response to the concerns of their foreign counterparts, Chinese experts briefed them on the experience and practices on epidemic prevention and control, clinical diagnosis and treatment, equipment support and port inspection and quarantine, and answered more than 80 questions raised by the attendees.

This four-hour meeting proved very relevant and effective, which was attended by over 200 people.

Those participants highly appraised China’s achievements in fighting against the epidemic and its great contribution to global public health. They said this video conference was very timely and necessary as they could learn a lot from China’s experience.

They stand ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China to jointly tackle the challenge of COVID-19.

Going forward, China will continue to uphold the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind and the spirit of mutual assistance and solidarity, share information with the international community in an open, transparent and responsible manner, and deepen international cooperation in epidemic prevention and control.