Regional cross-border flow to gradually resume

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – July 29, 2020
BEIJING (China): Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Wang Wenbin, Tuesday, detailing the video conference of Chinese, Afghan, Pakistani and Nepalese foreign ministers, on July 27, mentioned that the four sides agreed to work together to gradually resume cross-border flow where the conditions are ripe.

According to an official statement, a standard operating procedure (SOP) will be formulated to cover notification, border management and control, quarantine and emergency response to block cross-border transmission of the virus (COVID-19).

Discussion will also be held on establishing a fast lane for personnel and a logistics green lane.

It was also agreed that the four countries will continue belt and road initiative (BRI) cooperation.

The ministers stressed that responsible public information dissemination is vital.

Science-based professional exchange on prevention and control should be held. In the process of fighting the pandemic, there must be no discrimination, stigmatisation, racism or xenophobia of any form.

The ministers held an in-depth exchange of views on strengthening anti-epidemic cooperation and boosting socioeconomic recovery and reached broad consensus.

They agreed that as neighbours and partners, the four countries have shared information in a timely manner and achieved fruitful results in jointly fighting the virus.

As we continue the fight on an ongoing basis, efforts should be made to enhance international cooperation in prevention and control, safeguard public health, boost resumption of work and production, facilitate the unfettered flow of cross-border trade and ensure livelihoods until a final victory is declared.

The ministers all agreed that solidarity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon to defeat the virus.

We should adhere to multilateralism, support world health organisation’s (WHO) leading role, uphold regional and global public health security, and strive to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

The four sides will enhance information-sharing and policy and action coordination, and step up exchange and cooperation in epidemic prevention and control.

China is ready to strengthen cooperation with the other parties on testing, treatment, drugs and vaccines and help them with public health capacity building.

China reiterated that once it develops a vaccine, it will be made a global public health product.

China will also help increase the vaccine accessibility in the three countries.

The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal all appreciated this and expressed readiness to enhance anti-epidemic cooperation with China.

It was the result of a Chinese proposal that has won strong support from the other three countries.