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Xi’s diplomacy highlights cooperation

2020-03-23 12:25:51 China Daily Global

Experts see China’s experiences and aid boosting confidence throughout the world

President Xi Jinping has used head-of-state diplomacy to call for the building of a community of common health for mankind amid the mounting global public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, observers said.

China's experiences on epidemic control and its aid to the contagion-affected countries are boosting the confidence of the international community as it strives to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, and it helps them cope with the challenges arising from the disease, they said.

Since the start of the outbreak, Xi, as the country's commander-in-chief of the war on the contagion, has stepped up diplomatic efforts to advocate international cooperation on epidemic control as he sees that solidarity and cooperation are the most powerful weapons against the virus.

Through meetings, telephone conversations and correspondence with foreign leaders, Xi has underlined the importance of upholding a community with a shared future for mankind in the face of a global public health crisis.

In recent messages of sympathy sent to the leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Serbia, which were made public on Saturday, Xi told them that China is ready to share information and experiences on epidemic response with their countries and provide them with assistance to the best of its ability.

In the message to French President Emmanuel Macron, Xi said China and France, both of which are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, share the important responsibility of safeguarding the lives and health of humanity.

The country is willing to make concerted efforts with France to enhance international cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, support the UN and the World Health Organization playing a core role in improving global public health governance, and build a community of common health for mankind, he said.

China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Germany in areas such as disease control, treatment of patients, and vaccine research and development, in order to jointly protect the health and well-being of people in both countries and globally, Xi said in his message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.