Officials: China to continue intl. cooperation on coronavirus battle




China will continue to strengthen cooperation with other countries to fight against the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said at a press conference on Thursday.

Ma said the Chinese government has shared timely information and engaged in close cooperation with the global community.

Chinese President Xi Jinping have spoken to leaders of more than 10 countries and met with the visiting leaders including Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen,Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, and the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus after the outbreak began.

China's effort to control the source of the virus and contain its spread has bought valuable time for the rest of the world, Ma said, adding that the Chinese government and its people have made huge sacrifices in combating the coronavirus outbreak.

Over 1,300 Chinese nationals have been brought back from abroad since the outbreak, Ma said.

The Chinese government has also paid big attention to the health of members of foreign communities, diplomatic missions and international students in China, providing them with necessary protection and assistance, he noted.

Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, told reporters that the commission has also been active in coordinating multilateral communication, for example with WHO in accordance with the International Health Regulations and health cooperation agreements with relevant countries.

The commission's timely briefs on coronavirus-related information, proactive sharing of experience in virus containment as well as diagnostic and treatment experience, and commitment to technological communications have won international recognition, he added.

Zeng stressed that the prevention and control measures taken by China have at least prevented 100,000 cases according to the Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The 7.9 tons of internationally donated medical supplies carried by a cargo plane are seen being unloaded to be distributed to 56 local hospitals in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. / CGTN Photo

"We have received condolences and support from leaders of more than 170 countries and heads of more than 40 international and regional organizations," Ma said, noting that China is not alone in the ongoing battle.

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The United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS, the African Union have made statements expressing confidence and support to China.

As of March 2, 62 countries and seven international organizations had donated prevention and control materials, including masks and protective clothing to China, Ma told reporters.

Guo Yezhou, the deputy head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, added that so far, more than 500 people from more than 300 political parties and organizations from 120 countries have sent messages to the CPC Central Committee.

They spoke highly of the effective and strong leadership of the CPC during the battle against the virus, Guo added.


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