‘China proud of supporting Pakistan’


ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian said on Friday that China is proud of supporting Pakistan to curb COVID-19 through its medical experts and equipment.
In a statement at regular news briefing, he said, “To help Pakistan respond to COVID-19 and live up to the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, the Chinese PLA sent a 10-member team of experts to Pakistan on April 25.
In more than a month of time, the team, paying no attention to the risks and hard work ahead, made multiple field trips to local medical institutions, exchanged experience with Pakistan’s health departments and medical experts, and offered guidance to their medical staff on treatment.
All sectors of the Pakistani society recognize and speak highly of these concrete actions, a manifestation of the profound friendship between China and Pakistan sharing weal and woe.
President Alvi had a cordial meeting with the medical team on June 3, during which he spoke highly of their contribution to Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and praised the team for showing the ironclad friendship between Pakistan and China.
China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. The medical team dispatched by the Chinese PLA to Pakistan is the epitome of the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.As China has said many times before, since the outbreak of the epidemic, China and Pakistan have offered each other selfless support and sincere assistance.
At the most difficult moment in China’s fight against COVID-19, the Pakistani government and people expressed strong support for China, not only in saying the most supportive words but also in mobilizing the entire country to provide medical goods with no holding back.
When Pakistan was in need of help, the central and local governments of China, as well as many enterprises, charities, and people from all walks of life have been active in providing tens of millions of dollars, worth of supplies and cash to support Pakistan. At the end of March, the Chinese government sent its first medical team to Pakistan to fight COVID-19.
They stayed there for three weeks. China has also provided technical support to Pakistan and held video conferences several times to share relevant experience.
At present, COVID-19 is still raging around the world, including in Pakistan. In the face of this unexpected global public health crisis, all countries should pull together to prevail. Upholding the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, China has been actively participating in international cooperation.
We are ready to continue to provide support within our capacity according to Pakistan’s needs and work with Pakistan to defeat the virus. We are also ready to make greater efforts to prevent the global spread of the virus and safeguard global public health security.”–Agencies