Currently, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has broken out in many countries and the situation in some countries has worsened. While continuing to keep the epidemic under effective prevention and control within the country, China has also spared no efforts to provide assistance to the international community.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a total of 62 countries and seven international organizations have donated epidemic-control materials including masks and protective suits to China as of March 2. It’s not just the quantity that is important; there are many touching stories behind the assistance at a difficult time. Myanmar donated rice, Sri Lanka offered black tea, Mongolia provided with 30,000 sheep while Pakistan took out its inventory masks from hospitals nationwide … These are all symbols of true friendship. As the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed. This kindness will not be forgotten by the Chinese people.
China in turn is offering help to countries suffering from the outbreak. To date, the country has provided test kits to Japan, Pakistan and the African Union, and shared its medical solutions and dispatched specialists to many countries. The Chinese Government, organizations, enterprises and individuals are ready to extend support to the world as a whole.
Chinese Ambassador to Israel Chang Hua (third from right) and an official from the Iranian Health Ministry welcome a volunteer team of the Red Cross Society of China in Teheran, Iran, on February 29. On February 28, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. When the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) broke out in China, Iran was the first country to extend its sympathy. China will never forget it. Recently there have been more COVID-19 cases in Iran. China has made an emergency donation of nucleic acid detection kits and medical equipment to Iran. China will continue to help Iran within its capacity in line with the needs of the Iranian side, which will include cooperation in areas such as epidemic prevention and control and medical treatment, Wang said. (CHINESE EMBASSY TO IRAN)
Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming (center) and other members of the embassy cheer up for Daegu, in Seoul, South Korea, on February 27. The embassy donated around 25,000 medical masks to Daegu to support the city hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. On the banner hung on the supply truck to the city was written a poem from Choe Chi-won, an ancient well-known Korean scholar who pursued studies in China during the Tang dynasty for many years. The poem reads, “Long distance cannot separate us, and we all live in a united world.”(CHINESE EMBASSY IN SOUTH KOREA)
A cargo of donated masks is off-loaded at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, on March 3. Jack Ma, co-founder of Hangzhou-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, has donated 1 million facial masks to Japan in return for the generous help Japan gave China when the latter was hit severely by COVID-19. The Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation announced on March 2 that the masks will be donated to Japan to help alleviate suffering during the epidemic. "Like the mountain range that stretches before you and me, let's share the same trials and hardships together. We hope everything will get better soon," Ma said on his Weibo account, citing an old Chinese poem. (CHINA DAILY)
Members of a Chinese volunteer group distribute masks to local people in Nagoya, Japan, February 20. As COVID-19 continues to spread in Japan, many overseas Chinese there have voluntarily come out on the streets to distribute masks to the local people, expressing gratitude to the Japanese people for their selfless help to China during the virus outbreak. (XINHUA)