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


Prior to the press conference of the State Council Information Office, CGTN conducted a poll of internet users overseas, asking what their major concerns were regarding the summit. Based on the data we collected, many of their questions focused on how China will share its experience. On behalf of our overseas audience, I would like to ask how China will share its precious experience in detail with the international community threatened by the rampant pandemic?

Luo Zhaohui:

Thank you for raising the question on behalf of internet users about their major concern. As the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to them as well. When the severe epidemic spread across China, we made all-out efforts to build the initial defensive line which gave the rest of the world more time to prepare and more experience to learn from. Now, because the pandemic has spread to many regions around the world, China will on one hand continue to ramp up its efforts to prevent and control the virus domestically, and on the other hand, share its experience and solutions with the international community.

First, we have held video conferences with experts from over 100 countries and international organizations to discuss prevention and control measures for the epidemic. So far, we have held nearly 20 video conferences for experts from the WHO, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and more than 110 countries from the South Pacific Island Countries, Europe, South Asia, Africa and Latin America. We have shared our experience on how to identify the epidemiological characteristics, launch prevention and control measures, conduct diagnoses and treatments, and trace contaminations. We have given advice to our overseas counterparts and answered their questions. Experts from many countries have provided positive feedback on these conferences, which have been considered transparent, inclusive, informative and professional. The sincerity of the Chinese experts who have shared their knowledge has been essential for the prevention and control work outside China.

Second, we have dispatched Chinese medical experts to hard-hit countries. We have sent seven batches of medical experts to the five countries of Iran, Iraq, Italy, Serbia and Cambodia, and the first team arrived in Iran on Feb. 27. Every time these fighters brave the coronavirus risk to travel to other countries, they have received warm welcome from local governments and people. As I mentioned earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic greeted the Chinese medical team at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport in person, "bumped elbows" with each member, and kissed the Chinese national flag. Cambodian netizens showed their appreciation by writing such comments as, "The divine soldiers are saving us" and "the friendship between Cambodia and China is unbreakable" online when the medical team arrived in Cambodia. When the team arrived in Italy, local people lined up to welcome them, and played the Chinese national anthem to thank China for its aid to Italy. These moves have deeply touched us and encouraged the medical teams to aid the local fights against COVID-19. 

Third, we have actively shared our epidemic prevention and control experience, as well as diagnosis and treatment plans. Since the outbreak, we have maintained an open, transparent and responsible attitude, actively summarizing our experience during the intense campaign against COVID-19. As of today, we have formed serial files of the COVID-19 prevention and control plan, diagnosis and treatment plan, case monitoring plan, epidemiology research plan, close-contact management plan, and laboratory testing technology guidelines, and translated them into other languages, providing our experience to the rest of the world. These files have been uploaded to official websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as overseas embassies and consulates, and we will continue to update them in real time. 

China will continue adhering to the concept of a "community with a shared future for mankind," providing more high-quality public products, actively sharing Chinese experience and solutions, and joining hands with all countries to win the battle against COVID-19. Thank you. 

Zeng Yixin:

I would like to add a few words. This question from the media is very important. As everyone has noticed, China's prevention and control situation has achieved great success under the joint effort across the country. There are indeed some experience that is worth summing up, providing a reference to the world. 

I think China's experience can be summarized from several aspects:

First is the conceptual aspect. "For the people, relying on the people, always prioritizing people's lives and health" is a very important concept as well as a key factor in effectively preventing and controlling COVID-19. 

Second is the command system. Under General Secretary Xi Jinping's personal arrangements and command, we have formed a highly unified and effective command system which has been crucial.

Third is the strategy. We have carried out the prevention and control work based on the principles of rule of law, science and accuracy. This is a crucial support point. 

Fourth is about the measures, or how to transform these concepts and strategies into effective measures. We have emphasized advancing strategic passes, moving the focus down to primary levels, and especially mobilizing each community and family to play their role in the prevention and control. We have attached great importance to ensuring a coordinated national response, deploying medical resources as a whole, closely cooperating and improving our medical care capacity. We have paid high attention to science, giving full play to technology as a supporting role at every link in the epidemic prevention and control work. As Mr. Luo mentioned earlier, we highly value a great nation's image with an open, transparent and responsible attitude, and are deepening exchanges and cooperation between countries. 

China's concepts on prevention and control, as well as its strategic and practical measures have withstood the practical tests and proven effective. We would like to continue sharing with the international community and jointly promoting global health security. Thank you. 

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