The Communist Party of China and more than 230 political parties from over 100 countries issued a joint open letter on April 2, calling for carrying out closer international cooperation to beat COVID-19. This is the first joint appeal of major world political parties for strengthening international cooperation since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many political parties have issued this open letter through their own channels. The voice of those political parties in leading international cooperation against the epidemic has been heard in every corner of the world and echoed by people.
The United Russia Party, the Serbian Progressive Party, the African National Congress of South Africa and other ruling parties have published immediately the full text on their official websites, and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the Communist Party of Cuba have published it on their Party newspapers.
A number of political parties in Asia, Africa and Latin America, including the Philippine PDP-Laban Party, Ethiopia's Prosperity Party and Argentina Justicialist Party have published the open letter on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The Cambodian People's Party and the Communist Party of Nepal (CPP) have also encouraged the reports of the letter on their mainstream media.
While issuing the joint open letter, political parties have also expressed their support, solidarity and gratitude to the CPC.
Vojtech Filip, first Vice-Chairman of the Czech Parliament's the Chamber of Deputies and leader of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) expressed appreciation to China in his letter, as he believed that the joint open letter initiated by China offers a way out of the dilemma for the world.
Miguel Mejia, General Secretary of the Dominican Republic's United Left Movement said that "Putting people's lives first, strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation in fields such as economy and trade, and working together to find a solution is the right choice for all at the moment."
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation made a commentary on this open letter, saying that China’s achievements in fighting the epidemic has proved truly that the vision of a community with a shared future for humanity is superior to the values of individualism. And the party fully agrees with and supports the initiatives as stressed in the letter.
Tadatomo Yoshida, General Secretary of Japan's Social Democratic Party, said that in the face of the global pandemic, political parties in many countries have gone beyond their respective positions and ideologies and jointly expressed the political will to strengthen international cooperation and jointly combat the epidemic.
The joint appeal itself is of epoch-making significance, he said. Based on the recognition of a community with a shared future for mankind, it is a gathering of global resources and forces, and it strengthens international cooperation and assistance, Yoshida said.
"All countries should give top priority to the safety and health of their nationals and strengthen mutual support and cooperation to jointly prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic," he said.
Chandra Prakash Mainali, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) said that countries should cooperate in fighting the epidemic instead of creating prejudice and blaming others. Politicizing the epidemic is quite a wrong choice, he added.
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