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Towards Building a Human Community with a Shared Future

— A Brief Account of President Xi Jinping’s Efforts to Promote International Cooperation for COVID-19 Control and Treatment

2020/04/05

With the COVID-19 outbreak occurring in over 200 countries and regions, the total of confirmed cases worldwide has hit one million. Some countries have declared a state of emergency; global stock markets have seen drastic falls. It is increasingly obvious that the outbreak poses a severe challenge to public health security, sends shockwaves through the global economy and profoundly impacts all our lives.

This crisis is a litmus test of international cooperation and of the major countries’ resolve to meet their responsibility.

Since the outbreak began, President Xi Jinping has been closely monitoring its development in and outside China. Recognizing the importance of international cooperation, he has given directives on marshalling a global response and engaged frequently with other world leaders. Knowing that humanity is a community with a shared future, he has sought international cooperation to deal with the outbreak.

On 20 January, when China was battling the outbreak, President Xi instructed government departments to release information on a timely basis and to seek international cooperation.

On 28 January, in a meeting with WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus in Beijing, President Xi pointed out that the Chinese government, acting in an open, transparent and responsible manner, has been sharing timely information with its citizens and the international community, actively responding to various concerns and seeking stronger cooperation with the world.

On 5 February, in a meeting with visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, President Xi said that China will work more closely with Cambodia and other countries in the spirit of openness and transparency to respond collectively and effectively to the outbreak and uphold public health security in the region and beyond.

On 23 February, at a nationwide meeting for coordinating COVID-19 control and treatment and China’s economic and social development, President Xi stressed the importance for China to stay in close communication with WHO, share epidemic control experience with other countries, and seek stronger cooperation on medicine and vaccine development. He said that China will act responsibly and do its best to help the countries and regions in need.

On 12 March, in a phone call with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President Xi called for swift international coordination and a strong global response to win the battle against the virus.

On 17 March, when meeting visiting Pakistani President Arif Alvi, President Xi stated that China would like to contribute even more to curbing the spread of the virus globally.

On 26 March, at an Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit held online, President Xi stressed that now is the moment for the world to come together with greater confidence and solidarity and work as one to win the battle against the pandemic.

The list goes on.

These examples of promoting international cooperation against COVID-19 show that China is acting as a responsible major country and is making concrete efforts towards building a human community with a shared future.

China is not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk.

(Note: For the remainder of this story, see the full Chinese text at: http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2020-04/05/c_1125816473.htm.)

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