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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng: In the Face of an Epidemic Unseen in a Century, What Most Countries Need Most at This Point Is N95 Masks, Not F-35 Fighters

2020/07/08

On July 8, 2020, at the Video Dialogue on Sino-US Relations co-hosted by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Asia Society, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said, the real enemy of the US is not China. It is the invisible virus and growing non-traditional security threats. Twenty years into this century, the world has seen multiple global crises, with wide and far-reaching impacts on the US and others. None of them were caused by traditional great power confrontation or geopolitical conflicts, but terrorism, financial risks, viruses, etc. In the face of an epidemic unseen in a century, what most countries need most at this point is N95 masks, not F-35 fighters. Virus respects no borders, or favors anyone. It is a common enemy for all. The US should not treat a partner as an adversary, nor should it take a beggar-thy-neighbor approach, because doing so will only wear each other out. What the US should do is to work with China and the rest of the world to fight COVID-19 and come through it together.

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