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Kaselehlie Press publishes Ambassador Huang Zheng's article elaborating the Chinese government's white paper: Fighting COVID-19: China in Action

(From Chinese Embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia)


On June 17th, 2020, the Kaselehlie Press, the renowned newspaper in the FSM, published, in its Vol. 20 and Iss. 13, an article by H.E. Huang Zheng, Chinese Ambassador to the FSM, titled Engrave the Collective Memory and Share China's Experience in an Effort to Overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic by Working Hand in Hand. Below is its full text:

COVID-19 is the most extensive pandemic to afflict humanity in a century, posing a grave threat to human life and health. The battle to prevent and control the spread of the virus was launched in China first. Under the personal command and planning of President Xi Jinping, China adopted the most extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in cutting all channels for the transmission of the virus. Having forged the idea that the world is a global community of shared future and in an open, transparent, and responsible manner and in accordance with the law, China gave timely notification to the international community of the onset of a new coronavirus, and shared without reserve its experience in containing the spread of the virus and treating the infected. China has done all it can to provide humanitarian aid in support of the international community's endeavors, including those of the FSM, to stem the pandemic.

Thanks to the valuable support and assistance by the FSM and the international community, through more than 4 months of painstaking efforts and tremendous sacrifice, and having paid a heavy price, China has succeeded in turning the situation around and securing strategic achievements in the battle against the pandemic. In doing so, China has protected its people's lives, safety and health, and made a significant contribution to safeguarding regional and global public health. As of 24:00 of May 31, 2020, a cumulative total of 83,017 confirmed cases had been reported on the Chinese mainland, 78,307 infected had been cured and discharged from hospital, and 4,634 people had died. This demonstrates a cure rate of 94.3 percent and a fatality rate of 5.6 percent.

The test of fire along the Chinese people's fight against COVID-19 and the great victory we struck is an important part of the collective memory of the entire human race in this endeavor. In order to engrave this precious piece of collective memory, to share China's experience with the rest of the world, and to clarify its ideas on the global battle against the virus, on June 7th, 2020, the Chinese government released a white paper titled: Fighting COVID-19: China in Action.

Though bearing the first impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, China has managed to contain the pandemic in a relatively short period of time. The success is accredited to the following 4 keys:

I. The strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The CPC has a strong leadership core, a people-oriented governance philosophy, and well-established organization and operation mechanisms. Under the personal command and planning of CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping, it quickly made the right decisions in response to the crisis. Under its leadership, efficient and powerful response measures were implemented. Within a short time, across-the-board crisis-response mechanisms were established down to the community level, motivating all those involved across the country to follow instructions and act as one. With the pandemic putting people's lives and safety in danger, CPC members have acted as the vanguard. After weathering the pandemic, the Chinese people have keenly realized that the CPC leadership is the most reliable shelter against storms. Their trust in and support for CPC have increased, along with their confidence in China's political system.

II. The conviction that human life is of utmost importance. The CPC and the Chinese government decisively place people's lives above economic growth. When the novel coronavirus struck, China decided that it would protect the lives and health of its people even at the cost of a short-term economic downturn and even a temporary shutdown. The government took strict and comprehensive control measures, never tried before, in the city of Wuhan and Hubei Province. The movement of people across the country was tightly restricted as well. To save lifes at all costs, China made raising the cure rate and lowering the fatality rate its top priority. The best doctors and nurses were rapidly dispatched to the front line of the fight against the virus. Employing proactive, science-based, and flexible ways of treatment, they did everything possible to treat each and every patient.

III. A tight prevention and control system involving all sectors of society. The Chinese government quickly mobilized the whole of society and galvanized the people into a nationwide response. A targeted, law- and science-based approach was adopted, and public health emergency response measures were rolled out on an unprecedented and extensive scale across the country, such as defining a set of requirements: early detection, reporting, quarantine and treatment with a focus on the four categories of vulnerable people (confirmed cases, suspected cases, febrile patients who might be carriers, and close contacts). The Chinese government had also taken measures to ensure that they were hospitalized, treated, tested or quarantined as appropriate, doing everything in its power to reduce infections to the minimum. The community-based line of defense was well guarded. China also implemented such other non-medical means as applying a region-specific, multi-level approach to pandemic prevention and control across the nation, which has effectively blocked its transmission routes.

IV. Mobilizing the whole country to fight the pandemic. After the outbreak, the entire country acted promptly. Relying on its overall national strength, China mustered the support of the whole country to assist Hubei, and particularly Wuhan, to combat the disease, halting the spread of the pandemic in the shortest period of time. China mobilized all its medical resources to support the efforts in Wuhan and other locations in Hubei, the largest medical assistance operation since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. With wide range of public participation encouraged, we by all means increased the production and supply of medical supplies and medical support services, while coordinating and ensuring the supply of daily necessities.

Nevertheless, the situation is causing great concern as the novel coronavirus continue to rage all over the world. Both the fight to rein in the virus and the endeavor to fend off a deepening global recession call for the international community to stand in unity and engage in cooperation. They also call for multilateralism, and commitment to building a global community of shared future. Solidarity and cooperation are the most powerful weapons available to the international community in the war against the pandemic. China calls on all countries to act promptly to conduct effective international cooperation on joint prevention and control, manage the pandemic's impact on the world economy through cooperation, assist vulnerable countries and regions, and build an efficient and sustainable global public health system for the benefit of all humanity.

China deeply appreciates and will remember forever the valuable support and assistance provided by the FSM government and people to the Chinese government and people when the situation in China was at its most difficult. We are now doing all we can to reciprocate with the same goodwill, helping empower the FSM in response to the pandemic in various ways. For instance, China has made 3 consecutive batches of donation to the FSM national government and Pohnpei State government respectively, adding up to USD 170,000 in cash and tens of thousands of medical supplies worth around USD 150,000. The FSM was invited to participate the Vice Ministers' Special Meeting on COVID-19 between China and Pacific Island Countries and another similar video conference among health officials and specialists. We also shared an online Knowledge Center for China's Experiences in response to COVID-19. China will continue to provide more assistance to aid the FSM against COVID-19 to the best of our abilities.

On the other hand, as Comprehensive Strategic Partners, China and the FSM resolutely opposes any attempt at stigmatization, politicizing or labeling the virus, support the leading role of the World Health Organization in promoting global cooperation against COVID-19. China has suffered tremendously but has contributed generously to the global efforts to combat the virus. Its efforts should be duly recognized, and it should not be criticized groundlessly and illegally.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his speech at the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly, put forward 6 proposals and 5 measures to promote international cooperation against the pandemic and building a global community of health for all. China will actively implement the said new proposals and measures by President Xi Jinping, work with the international community including the FSM, support each other and join hands to contain the spread of the virus, and protect the health and well-being of people across the globe, to the end of building a community of shared future for humanity and a global community of health for all.

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