SCIO briefing on the cooperation between China and the int'l community in fighting COVID-19

The State Council Information Office (SCIO) held a press conference Thursday morning in Beijing to introduce the cooperation between China and the international community in fighting COVID-19. March 28, 2020

China Daily:

The current COVID-19 pandemic once again highlights the common destiny and shared weal and woe of all countries. What do you think the meaning of constructing a community with a shared future for mankind is?

Luo Zhaohui:

The question is very good; both general and theoretical. In the era of globalization, mankind faces common development opportunities and bears common risks and challenges. At present, the COVID-19 pandemic is developing rapidly. It took 67 days from the first case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days to the second 100,000 cases, and four days to the third 100,000 cases. The pandemic has seriously threatened the lives and health of people around the world and impacted the global political, economic and social layout. The way to deal with this severe challenge is not only related to the safety and security of the people of all countries and the future of the world, but also tests the common wisdom of human society.

Facing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind proposed by President Xi Jinping has further highlighted its value at this time. It is a universally applicable truth, and the international community has truly felt the importance and urgency of unity and cooperation. In these crucial times, will the international community be selfish, narrow-minded and secluded, or come together to protect our homelands? Will the international community spread rumors, prejudice and xenophobia, or join hands to fight the pandemic? Over the past two months, the fight against the pandemic has clearly shown that collaboration and mutual assistance are the two most powerful weapons for coping with the pandemic, and only by sharing weal and woe is it possible to achieve a better future for mankind.

Building a community with a shared future for mankind is an important part of President Xi Jinping's thoughts on diplomacy, while the Belt and Road Initiative offers a significant platform for building the community with a shared future for mankind. The concept has now been included in U.N. documents and gained broad recognition. China has been building a community with a shared future along with neighboring countries on a bilateral basis, including Pakistan, Myanmar and Cambodia. We are happy to see that the concept has translated into a vivid demonstration of working in unity and joining hands to fight against COVID-19, and that the concept also has brought trust and strength to an international society in crisis. We believe, when we finally achieve victory against the pandemic, the idea of building a shared future and win-win cooperation will inevitably take root, and the international society will definitely energize the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Hu Kaihong:

The press conference is hereby concluded. Thank you to our four speakers. Thank you all.

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

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