Video conference held on COVID-19's impact on global security

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Russia hosted an international video conference on July 14 with a theme of "The Role of Responsible Political Powers in Maintaining International Security against the Backdrop of COVID-19 Global Pandemic".

The meeting was hosted by Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the United Russia political party and Deputy Chair of Russia's Security Council, and included political leaders from more than a dozen countries such as China, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Vietnam. 

Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (IDCPC), attended the meeting.

Medvedev discussed the severe impact on countries across the world brought by COVID-19. He noted that the pandemic had led to an economic downturn, rising unemployment, social unrest and cyber security issues. 

In light of these problems, each country should enhance the protection of their own citizens, support the World Health Organization's key role in fighting the pandemic, and cooperate with and abide by international laws. 

Medvedev said that, currently, certain countries were placing nationalist interests at the top of their agenda, created political competition between countries in regard to pandemic prevention and vaccine development. Such behavior was not conducive to safeguarding people's health and safety, nor to world peace and stability, he said. 

He urged each country, as a responsible political power, to adhere to the values of solidarity and humanitarianism, strengthen dialogue and cooperation in security, promote international cooperation through inter-party exchanges, and contribute to the strength of political parties to meet the common challenges of mankind.

Song briefed the meeting on China's efforts in pandemic prevention and control. The CPC Central Committee adhered to President Xi Jinping's words to put "people first" and "life first". 

China regarded the protection of people's lives and health as its top priority, and taken effective measures and achieved major strategic results in pandemic prevention. It had also actively participated in international cooperation. 

Song said the severe impact of COVID-19 had deepened the international community's awareness of international safety and security issues. As the makers of internal and external policies of each country, political parties should consciously assume the responsibility of political leadership, take the lead in practicing multilateralism and support the United Nations agencies to play an important role, abandon the cold war mentality, and strive to build a fair and just international security structure for mankind. 

The CPC was willing to work with political parties of all countries, contribute to world peace and global development. China was committed to providing assistance to the maintenance of the international order, and joining hands with all countries to build a community of a shared future for all humanity.

Attendees at the video conference spoke highly of the CPC's achievements in leading the pandemic response in the country. They thanked China for providing support and assistance to other countries through inter-party and other channels. 

They expressed willingness to fight against the pandemic alongside China, together safeguard world peace, stability and security.

Qian Hongshan, Vice Minister of the IDCPC, also attended the conference. 

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