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Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao Attends Opening Ceremony of China-South Asia Emergency Supplies Reserve

2021/07/09

On July 9, 2021, China-South Asia Emergency Supplies Reserve was officially launched in Chengdu of Sichuan Province. Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and Vice Governor of Sichuan Province Li Yunze, and ambassadors of South Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to China attended and addressed the ceremony.

Wu Jianghao said in his remarks, President Xi Jinping pointed out, mankind is a community with a shared future, and solidarity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon for defeating the virus. China and South Asia have a fine tradition of assisting each other in times of difficulty. In April this year, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed the establishment of China-South Asian Countries Emergency Supplies Reserve at the Conference of Foreign Ministers of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on COVID-19, which was well received by South Asian countries. The official launch of the Reserve will serve as an important platform for the joint anti-COVID-19 and emergency cooperation of China and South Asian countries, and it will further deepen the relations between China and South Asian countries.

Li Yunze said in his remarks, Sichuan Province, as China's major economically-strong province closest to South Asia, has maintained close exchanges with South Asian countries for a long time, and various achievements have been yielded in their practical cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, tourism, earthquake prevention and disaster reduction, education, health, and exchanges of sister cities. Sichuan Province will ensure services for the Reserve, and contribute to joint response to natural disasters and COVID-19 of China and South Asian countries.

Afghan Ambassador to China Javid Ahmad Qaem, Bangladesh Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman, Nepalese Ambassador to China Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Pakistan Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque, and Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Palitha Kohona successively made remarks. They speak highly of Chinese achievements in fight against the pandemic under the leadership of the CPC, and sincerely thank China's continuously firm and strong support for their fight against the virus, especially in provision of direly needed vaccines and anti-pandemic supplies. Ambassadors said, the Reserve was set up only two months after it was initiated, which demonstrates "China speed", and embodies China's value on and sincerity in advancing its cooperation with South Asian countries. The Reserve will support and assist South Asian countries in defeating the virus and natural disasters, and inject new impetus into the cooperation between China and South Asia.

After the ceremony, Chinese and foreign guests also visited the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy of West China Hospital of Sichuan University, and inspected R&D of recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine.

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