China has continued to support international cooperation and multilateralism with practical actions, a United Nations official said on Friday.

Atul Khare, the UN’s Under Secretary-General for Operational Support, said he is glad to see that China’s commitment to international cooperation is carried out by actions, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, during a video interview in New York City.

“And we are really happy with the government of the People’s Republic of China. They did not place any export restrictions, because many countries, they said no, they said peer-pointed manufacturing in my country and should be used only in my country. But China said that for the UN, they are always willing”.

“So they always gave us the ventilators in March and April and they gave us the personal protective equipment. And I think this is an indication of the solidarity which you have towards people of the world. And I do believe that we have to strengthen solidarity,” he said.

Khare also expressed his appreciation for China’s continuous support to the UN peacekeeping mission during the pandemic

“We have a Chinese level two hospital which I myself visited and inspected in Gao, in Mali. And this hospital was one of the first to accept coronavirus patients of peacekeepers. I’m equally grateful that China accepted that they will continue to deploy their people much beyond the one year, because rotations have been affected, we cannot do troop rotations as easily as we were doing in the past,” said Khare.

Due to the pandemic, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has had a setback, especially in terms of poverty reduction. Khare noted that any initiative that helps bring countries’ development back on track is welcomed by the UN, including China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

“The more vulnerable people are going to be affected. And this is the time when we need to promote sustainable development, sustainable development goals.

And I think any initiative, particularly like the Belt & Road Initiative, which shares the goals of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, is very welcoming at this time,” he said.