Foreign Minister discusses pandemic with counterparts

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BEIJING: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held telephone conversations with foreign ministers of Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Estonia over the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Wang said that China, under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal command and deployment, has put the outbreak under control through arduous efforts and has been gradually resuming economic and social life while undertaking prevention and control measures on a regular basis.
China sincerely thanks the related countries for their solidarity and support for China’s fight against the epidemic, he said, adding that recently China has overcome its own difficulties, offered support and assistance to relevant countries, shared prevention and control experiences and treatments without reservation, and facilitated various countries’s purchase of anti-epidemic supplies in China.
He also said the it is believed that anti-epidemic cooperation will provide new opportunities and inject new impetus into the development of bilateral relations between China and relevant countries.
Wang said that viruses know no borders and epidemics do not distinguish between races, adding that human beings belong to a community with a shared future that goes through thick and thin together.
He also said that fighting the epidemic requires international cooperation, and also gives countries an opportunity to come closer and help each other. Recently, a number of politicians in some countries have insisted on politicizing the epidemic, labeling the virus, and smearing the World Health Organization (WHO), said Wang, adding that those moves, which are a serious violation of international moral principles and undermine international anti-epidemic efforts, should be jointly rejected by the international community.
Wang said that China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) cooperation is a new type of trans-regional cooperation mechanism, and all member countries have played an active role in promoting the cooperation. Although the epidemic has had some impacts, all parties’ willingness to cooperate has not diminished, and their steps have not been stopped, he said, adding that China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with relevant countries and push for more progress of China-CEECs cooperation after the pandemic ends.