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State Council Information Office Press Conference on China's Cooperation with the International Community in Fighting COVID-19

2020/03/26

On 26 March, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Luo Zhaohui, Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping, Vice Minister of National Health Commission Zeng Yixin, and Vice Chairman of China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) Deng Boqing, joined a press conference hosted by the State Council Information Office on China's cooperation with the international community in fighting COVID-19.

#With sustained positive trends in epidemic control at home, China will enhance its cooperation with and assistance to other countries.# Luo noted that through extraordinary efforts, China has seen its epidemic situation steadily turning for the better, with life and work returning to normal at a faster pace. China has not only curbed the spread of epidemic at home, but also bought time, gained experience and offered help for the world.

Here are some examples of President Xi Jinping's personal involvement in the response. He had talks and meetings with Prime Minister of Cambodia, President of Mongolia, President of Pakistan and Director-General of WHO, who visited China during the outbreak. He had 26 phone calls with 22 leaders of other countries and international organizations in nearly two months in the manner of "telephone diplomacy". He sent messages of sympathy to leaders of the Republic of Korea, Italy, France and Spain, etc. and wrote back to foreign friends such as Bill Gates.

When China was in the depth of its fight against COVID-19, leaders of over 170 countries and 50 international and regional organizations expressed their support and sympathy, and 79 countries and 10 international organizations provided a large amount of assistance. For every kindness it has received, China will return many times more. The Chinese government has announced emergency assistance to more than 80 countries and to international and regional organizations such as WHO and the AU. China has donated USD20 million to WHO. Local governments, businesses and non-government institutions in China have also provided help to countries hard hit by the epidemic.

To share with other countries its epidemic control experience, China has provided containment, diagnostic and treatment plans in multiple languages, hosted an international conference on experience sharing, held video conferences of health experts with many countries, sent out medical expert teams, and engaged in international cooperation on research and development of vaccines and medicines.

Nowadays, China's top priority is to effectively prevent imported cases. China will stay committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind, enhancing mutual help and cooperation with people of other countries, and strive to score the final victory against the epidemic.

#China will continue to share with the world its successful experience in four aspects.# Zeng noted China has made remarkable achievements in epidemic control through concerted efforts of the whole nation. He summarized China's experience into four aspects.

First, it is the guiding principle. What underpins China's success is the principle to work for the people, rely on the people, and always give top priority to the life and health of the people.

Second, it is the sound chain of command. With General Secretary Xi Jinping' s leadership and personal involvement in the epidemic response, we are able to establish a highly unified and efficient chain of command.

Third, it is the overall strategy. We have stick to a law-based, scientific and targeted approach, which is an important guarantee for our success.

Fourth, it is the specific measures. We have moved the line of defense forward and bolstered containment efforts at sub-national levels, especially by giving play to the role of every household and every employer. Taking into account the bigger picture, we have coordinated allocation of medical resources across the nation. Relying on science in the epidemic response, we have attached great importance to the pivotal role of science and technology. As a responsible major country, we have been open and transparent and strengthened our international cooperation.

#China has provided assistance to 89 countries and four international organizations. # Deng said that the CIDCA has worked closely with multiple government departments and relevant enterprises to assist epidemic response globally.

To date, China has provided assistance to 89 countries and four international organizations in four batches.

In terms of recipients, they include countries hard hit by the epidemic and those with weaker public health system and response capacities, as well as international organizations such as the EU, AU and ASEAN. In response to the WHO's COVID-19 appeal, China has made USD20 million of earmarked donations for strengthening the response capacities and shoring up public health systems of relevant countries.

In terms of geographical distribution, Chinese has provided emergency assistance to 28 countries in Asia, 16 in Europe, 26 in Africa, 9 in the Americas and 10 in the South Pacific.

In terms of mode of assistance, it includes medical supplies and technical support. Medical supplies mainly include testing kits, masks, protective suits, thermometer guns and ventilators. Technical support is provided mainly through sending medical expert teams. Many local governments, businesses, non-governmental institutions and individuals in China have also taken part in the assistance efforts.

The COVID-19 assistance program is an emergency humanitarian operation carried out within the shortest timeframe and with the widest scope of coverage in the history of the People's Republic of China. It has won wide acclaim from the international community. The Chinese government will continue to provide response assistance to relevant countries to the best of its capabilities while ensuring sound epidemic control at home.

# China has shared scientific data and information and actively set up exchange mechanisms during the epidemic response. # Xu noted that the COVID-19 epidemic is a global challenge that calls for collective response, joint research and results sharing. To share scientific data and information, China has mainly worked in the following four areas: first, it has shared the genetic sequence of the virus; second, it has created platforms for academic exchanges; third, it has set up communication mechanisms; and fourth, it has engaged in joint technological research and provided technical services.

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