China and global society are fighting COVID-19 together

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During preparations for the 2020 London Book Fair (LBF), Professor Martin Albrow, Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary President of the Global China Academy, received invitations from China International Publishing Group (CIPG) and New World Press to express his concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China. On Feb. 24 he wrote: "Sometimes it is misfortune that brings people together. COVID-19 is a tragedy for a few poor souls, a very bad experience for many more, but creates fear in the whole world. Nothing makes us more aware of our common humanity than a disease we cannot cure, that knows nothing of our borders, our ideologies and our class divisions. China has been acting for all of us in its struggle to contain the virus, in sharing news of its origin and spread, of its preventive measures, of its care for the sick and research for a vaccine. China is showing the best kind of leadership, encouraging the rest of the world to draw from the example it provides."

On March 5, the day after the LBF's cancellation announcement, Professor Albrow gave a joint interview to Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television, China International Radio and other media. He said: "The Chinese government has done its very best. They inform the rest of the world, and the measures that they take have set an example to the world. Because the Chinese government depends on the people. And one of the most remarkable things I think for the outside world is to show how the Chinese people themselves cooperate, work hard, their self-discipline is extraordinary, and they maintain a good spirit throughout the crisis. … When it comes to the virus, the boundaries don't exist, races don't matter, we are all of one human family. I think this is a great example that even one family needs leadership, China has given leadership here, they will continue to do so, they are doing research at the moment to find a vaccine. The rest of the world looks to China. Every country is responding differently, and that as well is not necessarily a bad thing, because one or two countries, they may find more effective ways, so the diversity of the world also responds to the virus, but it is very big challenge and it does remind us that we are one people, one world with a shared future."

On March 6, Xie Xiaocheng, the General Manager of Cypress Books Company (UK) Ltd, presented some books and magazines to be displayed on a stand together with other books that were to have been launched at the LBF. They included China's Battle against the Coronavirus, Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown and the magazine China Pictorial in English and Chinese editions. They were published by the Foreign Languages Press of the China International Publishing Group. Other books displayed at this "mini joint preview" were three classics by Professor Fei Xiaotong, the famous Chinese sociologist and anthropologist, which had been republished jointly by Global Century Press and New World Press to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Fei's birth.

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