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COVID-19 fight adds urgency to building global community, Xi says

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

03-25-2020 09:28 BJT

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President Xi Jinping has called on all nations to bolster cooperation and improve health governance.

Xi: COVID-19 fight adds urgency to building community with shared future for mankind

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping said Tuesday night that in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic the urgency and significance of building a community with a shared future for mankind have become even greater.

He made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Kazakh counterpart, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Xi pointed out that the coronavirus disease broke out with a vengeance and constitutes a big test for all countries.

At the most difficult moment in China's battle against the epidemic, the Kazakh government and society offered China strong support, recalled the Chinese president.

Noting that now Kazakhstan is witnessing a spread of the contagious illness, Xi said China highly appreciates the fact that under Tokayev's leadership, Kazakhstan has taken swift and decisive measures, which demonstrates a responsible attitude towards all the people.

As a friendly neighbor and permanent comprehensive strategic partner, China sympathizes with Kazakhstan's current situation, and will actively provide support and assistance, Xi said.

The mutual support between China and Kazakhstan, he added, reflects the high level and uniqueness of bilateral relations, and has set an example for international cooperation against the pandemic.

Viruses recognize no national borders and epidemics do not discriminate between races, Xi stressed, adding that in the battle against the current global public health crisis, the urgency and significance of building a community with a shared future for mankind have become even greater.

Only with solidarity and cooperation can the international community prevail over the pandemic and safeguard the planet, the Chinese president pointed out.

China, he said, stands ready to work with Kazakhstan and all other countries to strengthen international cooperation against the pandemic and safeguard global public health security.

The epidemic is temporary, but cooperation is everlasting, Xi said, noting that while posing challenges to bilateral cooperation, the disease also creates new opportunities.

The two countries, he suggested, should unswervingly cement political mutual trust, expand cooperation in such areas as digital economy and health care, and foster new sources of growth for bilateral relations.

Xi said he is confident that after the COVID-19 storm, China-Kazakhstan cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will bear more fruits.

For his part, Tokayev said that under the wise leadership of Xi, the Chinese people have made outstanding achievements in COVID-19 prevention and control, bringing confidence and hope to people around the world.

The entire world has witnessed the superb performance of China's health care system and the great dedication of Chinese medical workers, and China has once again demonstrated its governance capacity in tackling complex and difficult challenges with high efficiency, said the president, expressing Kazakhstan's high appreciation and congratulations.

At present, COVID-19 is spreading around the world, and Kazakhstan is not immune to it, said Tokayev, adding that Kazakhstan hopes to strengthen cooperation with China to overcome the epidemic at an early date.

The Kazakh side, he said, is committed to deepening the permanent comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and promoting BRI cooperation, which fully serves the common interests of both peoples.

Kazakhstan also stands ready to strengthen communication and cooperation with China within the frameworks of the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, he added.

Xi: China firmly supports Poland's fight against COVID-19

President Xi Jinping said Tuesday night that China firmly supports the Polish government and people in combating the COVID-19 epidemic.

He made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda.

After the coronavirus disease broke out in China, Xi said, the Polish government and society extended sympathies and support to the Chinese side, which the Chinese people will cherish in their hearts.

A friend in need is a friend indeed, he stressed, adding that besides its support for Poland, China has also held a video conference of health experts with 17 Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs), including Poland, to share information and relevant measures on epidemic prevention and control in a timely fashion.

China, he said, upholds the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, and is willing to enhance cooperation with all other countries in fighting the epidemic and safeguarding global public health security.

Stressing that the power and confidence in winning the battle against the epidemic come from the Chinese people, Xi said the 1.4 billion Chinese people have put up a tenacious fight with great solidarity and steadfast resolve.

He added he is deeply moved by the noble spirit of the numerous medical workers in China who risked their own lives to save others.

The people are the real heroes, Xi pointed out, adding that as long as relying fully on the people, China will certainly overcome all difficulties and obstacles and realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Noting that Poland is a key cooperation partner of China in the European Union (EU) and among CEECs, Xi said China is willing to work with Poland to strengthen high-level exchanges and cement mutual understanding and strategic mutual trust, so as to continuously push forward China-Poland ties and make important contributions to promoting China-CEEC cooperation and China-EU relations.

For his part, Duda said that the timely, decisive and rigorous measures taken by China have effectively contained the spread of COVID-19, and that he admires the Chinese people and those Chinese medical workers who joined the fight against the epidemic.

China's relevant experience is worth learning for Poland, he said, adding that his country is now faced with the severe challenge of the disease and in urgent need of medical and protective supplies.

Poland thanks China for providing timely and valuable support, which embodies the deep friendship between the two countries, said the president.

Noting that China has a solid economic foundation, Duda said he is fully confident that China will overcome the epidemic and achieve better development.

Poland is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields and work together to promote CEEC-China cooperation, he said, adding that he cherishes his friendship with Xi and looks forward to visiting China as soon as possible after the epidemic.

Xi: China ready to help Brazil fight COVID-19

President Xi Jinping said Tuesday night that China stands ready to provide assistance within its capacity for Brazil's battle against COVID-19 and help contain the global spread of the coronavirus disease.

He made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi extended sincere sympathies and firm support to the Brazilian government and people over their fight against COVID-19.

Noting that the disease has recently broken out in many parts around the world and been spreading rapidly, Xi said the top priority now is for countries to strengthen cooperation.

Upholding the notion of a community with a shared future for mankind, and with an open, transparent and responsible attitude, China has been releasing epidemic information in a timely manner, said Xi.

China, he added, has also been sharing prevention, control and treatment experience with the World Health Organization and the international community without reservation, and doing its best to provide assistance for other parties.

Xi said he follows the outbreak in Brazil closely, and hopes that Brazil will arrest the epidemic's spread as soon as possible.

Noting that China and Latin American and Caribbean countries held a video conference on epidemic prevention and control on Tuesday, Xi said China is ready to provide assistance within its capacity for Brazil and contribute to curbing the global spread of the disease.

Xi stressed that the international community has already arrived at a consensus that China made enormous sacrifices in the fight against COVID-19 and bought precious time for the world.

As comprehensive strategic partners, he said, China and Brazil need to maintain strategic focus, support each other on their respective core interests and major concerns, and jointly send to the international community a message of solidarity and a positive signal that they are in the COVID-19 battle together.

Meanwhile, the two countries should push forward practical cooperation in various fields, enhance communication and coordination within such multilateral frameworks as the G20 and BRICS, and jointly safeguard and advance their comprehensive strategic partnership, Xi added.

The Chinese president said he is confident that China and Brazil will certainly beat the disease hand in hand and lift their all-round cooperation to higher levels.

For his part, Bolsonaro said that the COVID-19 epidemic is spreading in Brazil, and that the Brazilian side thanks China for facilitating its purchase of necessary medical supplies in China.

Brazil, he added, hopes to enhance exchanges on epidemic prevention and control with China, make joint efforts against the coronavirus disease, and contain its spread in Brazil as soon as possible.

The Brazilian president said he salutes the great Chinese people, reiterating that the friendship and the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries are indestructible.

Brazil stands ready to strengthen bilateral cooperation with China, and enhance communication and coordination within such multilateral frameworks as the G20, so as to make due contributions to combating the epidemic and reinvigorating the economy, he said.

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