SCIO briefing on international cooperation in response to COVID-19

The State Council Information Office held a press conference on March 5 in Beijing to brief the media about international cooperation in response to COVID-19. March 6, 2020

China News Service:

We know that the Communist Party of China (CPC) has maintained good relations with many cross-regional political party organizations around the world. My question is: have these organizations voiced their support for China in its fight against the epidemic? Thank you. 

Guo Yezhou:

Thank you for your question. As you stated, the CPC's circle of friends covers ruling parties, opposition parties and independent parties across the world, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. We have carried out vibrant exchanges with a wide range of friends including various political parties active in one nation, coalitions of regional political parties which are influential at the regional level, and international organizations of political parties which hold events and dialogues on a global scale. 

Up to now, we have received messages and letters expressing sympathy and support for the CPC in the anti-epidemic fight from more than 10 international organizations of political parties, including the Socialist International, International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), Council of African Political Parties, Christian Democrat Organization of America, and Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPPAL), as well as transnational political party organizations and coalitions in Europe. All these organizations have broad representations. For instance, Jose de Venecia, chairman of the ICAPP Standing Committee, expressed his support for China's epidemic fight on behalf of over 350 political parties from 52 Asian countries. In his letter, he voiced confidence that under the outstanding leadership of CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Chinese government and people will definitely overcome the outbreak. Despite the long distance, the COPPPAL and the Sao Paulo Forum, an influential gathering of left-wing political parties and organizations in Latin America, also expressed their deep appreciation and firm support for China's highly responsible attitude towards the safety of people's lives and health, as well as its all-out efforts and achievements in epidemic prevention and control. The understanding and support expressed by these party organizations and regional party coalitions are concrete examples that show all the countries of the world are one family and that mankind shares the same future as a community. Therefore, the CPC will continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with such international organizations of political parties. Thank you.

Hu Kaihong:

The press conference concludes here. Thank you to our speakers. Thank you everyone.

Translated and edited by Wang Yiming, Li Xiao, Liu Qiang, Fan Junmei, Wang Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Zhang Junmian, Huang Shan, Yan Xiaoqing, Guo Xiaohong, Gong Yingchun, Li Huiru, Lin Liyao, Zhou Jing, Yang Xi, Xiang Bin, Wang Wei, Duan Yaying, Zhang Rui, Gao Zhan, Wu Jin, He Shan, Wang Yanfang, Zhu Bochen, Liu Sitong, Zhang Liying, Jay Birbeck, Laura Zheng, David Ball. In case of any dispute over a discrepancy, the Chinese version is deemed to prevail.

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