China offers help to Britain in combating Covid-19

  • China
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke over phone and voiced support for the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi extended sincere sympathies to the British government and people over their fight against the disease.

Upon request, he introduced China’s epidemic prevention and control measures.

Xi stressed that China hopes that Britain will enhance coordination with China to minimise the risk of the epidemic’s spread while ensuring necessary flow of people and trade.

China is ready to provide support and help for Britain, said Xi, adding that he is confident that Britain will surely prevail over the pandemic under Johnson’s leadership.

Reiterating that the Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the health and safety of Chinese citizens overseas, Xi expressed his hope that Britain will take concrete and effective measures in safeguarding the health, safety and legitimate rights of Chinese nationals on its soil, particularly those studying in Britain.

Viruses know no national boundaries or races, and only by working together can mankind win the battle against them, Xi pointed out.

He called on all nations to push forward cooperation within the frameworks of the United Nations and the Group of 20 (G20), enhance the sharing of information and experience, boost collaboration in scientific research, support the WHO in playing its due role, and improve global health governance.

They should also increase macro-economic policy coordination, so as to stabilise the market, maintain economic growth, safeguard people’s well-being, and keep the global supply chains open, stable and safe, added the Chinese president.

Xi said he believes that after beating Covid-19, China and Britain will have deeper mutual understanding and more extensive consensus, as well as broader prospects for bilateral cooperation.

For his part, Johnson said he congratulated the Chinese government and people on the remarkable achievements they have made in disease prevention and control with strenuous efforts and enormous sacrifices.

At present, the Covid-19 situation in Britain is grave, he said, adding that Britain has been studying and learning from China’s useful experience and taking scientific and effective prevention and control measures.

He said the British side thanks China for its valuable support and help, and will do its best to take care of the health and safety of Chinese nationals in Britain, especially the students.

The prime minister said he fully agrees with Xi that no country can wall itself off from the epidemic and all countries should strengthen cooperation. Britain, he added, supports the WHO in playing an important role, and hopes that all parties will deepen relevant cooperation within G20 and other multilateral frameworks.

Noting that China and Britain will hold the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference respectively this year, Johnson said the two sides should take them as opportunities to promote international cooperation in health and epidemic prevention. — Xinhua

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