Chinese State Councillor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani respectively over phone on Wednesday to discuss the fight against COVID-19.
In his conversation with Kuleba, Wang said when China was at its hardest moment in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his sympathy in a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, and all sectors of the Ukrainian society expressed their support to the Chinese people in various ways.
Now that Ukraine is also facing the threat of the virus, China is ready to assist Ukraine in medical supplies within its capacity and share experience on COVID-19 prevention and control without reservation, he added.
Stressing the strategic partnership between the two countries, Wang said China is ready to further deepen its cooperation with Ukraine on co-building the Belt & Road, and turn the potential of cooperation between the two sides into practical results.
There are about 4,000 Chinese nationals working, studying and living in Ukraine, Wang said, adding that he hopes and believes that the Ukrainian side will provide necessary support and help to them and guarantee their health and safety.
Wang said the pandemic is a global challenge that needs joint response from the international society. As a responsible country, China has been sharing information with other countries and carrying out international cooperation in an open and transparent manner from the outset, he said.
Now upholding the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, China has provided necessary assistance such as medical supplies to more than 100 countries in need, and contributed to safeguarding global public health, Wang said.
Any attempt to slander China’s anti-epidemic efforts is groundless and untenable, said the Chinese foreign minister.
Kuleba said that China has become a model of effectively dealing with the virus, adding that against the backdrop of the pandemic sweeping across the world, countries can only overcome the difficulties together through united efforts.
Some politicians have smeared China for their own purposes, and their remarks are utterly groundless, said the Ukrainian foreign minister.
Kuleba expressed his sincere gratitude to China for actively providing Ukraine with anti-epidemic supplies, saying his country is willing to learn from China’s experience and continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation with China so as to jointly combat the epidemic.
The Ukrainian government attaches great importance to the development of relations with China and is willing to push for further development of the two sides’ strategic partnership, Kuleba said, adding that Ukraine will do its utmost to guarantee the health and safety of Chinese nationals in Ukraine.
In his talk with Sheikh Mohammed, Wang said under the personal command of President Xi Jinping, China has managed to curb the domestic spread of COVID-19 with arduous efforts and great sacrifices, adding that the country has not only safeguarded the health and safety of its people, but also bought time and provided useful experience for the world.
Since the outbreak, the Chinese side has offered the international community COVID-19 related information including the genetic sequence of the coronavirus, and actively carried out international cooperation in an open and transparent manner, making contributions to the global public health, Wang said.
China will never accept any practice of shifting the blame for poor performance in the anti-virus fight onto China, Wang said, noting that the Chinese side appreciates Qatar’s objective and fair stance on this issue.
The contagious illness knows no borders and the virus is a common enemy for humankind, Wang said.
As COVID-19 broke out in many places across the world, Qatar has also been under the threat of the disease, Wang said, noting that the Chinese side would like to express sincere consolations to the Qatari people.
Observing that the Qatari side has put people’s health and safety first and taken stringent prevention and control measures, Wang said the Chinese side has full confidence in Qatar’s victory over the disease at an early date.
At the toughest times of China’s anti-epidemic fight, Qatari leaders expressed support to China in the first moment, with various sectors of society donating to China, Wang said, adding that China expressed its heartfelt thanks to Qatar.
China’s current top priority is to prevent the epidemic rebounds and importation, he said.
Out of the tradition of mutual help and support between the two countries, the Chinese side would provide as much material assistance as possible for and share its anti-epidemic experience with Qatar, Wang said, adding that China will stand firmly with Qatar until the final victory in the fight of COVID-19 is achieved.
For his part, Sheikh Mohammed said that under the wise leadership of President Xi, China has passed through the most difficult period in the battle against the disease, achieving remarkable success and setting an example for the world, on which Qatar conveyed sincere congratulations.
Qatar cherishes its friendship with China and is one of the first countries to donate materials to China, he said.
Appreciating the material assistance and procurement convenience offered by China, the Qatari side stands ready to earnestly learn from China’s experience and further strengthen communication and exchange with China to jointly overcome the epidemic, he said.