International cooperation vital in COVID-19 battle, says scholar

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China has made great sacrifices for and contributions to the containment of COVID-19, and it is important for the international community to cooperate closely to win the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has spread to many countries, a Singaporean scholar has said.

Zheng Yongnian, a professor with the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, made the remarks in a recent interview with Xinhua.

Under the strong leadership of the Chinese government, China has mounted a nationwide large-scale assault against the coronavirus, and has scored remarkable achievements, "which are quite unprecedented in the history of human beings," Zheng said.

In the meantime, the people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, have made great sacrifices by undergoing a months-long quarantine. Chinese medical workers and scientists have also been sharing their knowledge about the new virus with the rest of the world, which has helped speed up global research and development, he said.

According to Zheng, just as the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted, the people of Wuhan deserve appreciation.

To date, China has brought the epidemic under control, with no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 being reported on Friday in Wuhan. That marked the third day in a row of zero reports in the epicenter of the epidemic.

On the other hand, the virus has hit more countries, which makes Zheng believe that international cooperation is vital to pushing the virus back.

As viruses do not respect borders, any new virus threatening mankind is the common enemy of the people worldwide, instead of being the enemy of one particular country or community, Zheng said.

Therefore, governments worldwide, despite their different national conditions, should join hands in the battle and learn from each other, he added.

When doing so, the efforts of and contributions by the Wuhan people would be better recognized by the international community, Zheng concluded. 

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