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Consulate General Spokesperson's Remarks:China Pledges to Assist Countries in Response to the Pandemic and Promote International Cooperation

At present, the pandemic is spreading across the world. With the vision of a community of shared future for mankind, China has provided support and assistance to the international community within its capacity while continuing to do a good job in epidemic control at home.

As of April 10, the Chinese government has provided and is providing supplies to 127 countries and four international organizations, including surgical masks, protective gears and testing reagents. China donated $20 million to the WHO, sent 13 medical teams to 11 countries and held over 70 video conferences with experts from more than 150 countries and international organizations. Localities, enterprises and civil groups in China also donated medical supplies to more than 100 countries, regions and international organizations.

As far as the Consulate knows, ten states in our consular districts received large amounts of donations from China. To name a few, Chinese government facilitated a donation of 1000 ventilators to New York. Localities, enterprises and civil groups in China donated more than 600,000 masks, gloves and other medical supplies to NYC and New York State separately, and many more are on the way.

Moreover, some countries asked China for assistance in commercial procurement through diplomatic channels, and we recommended exporters to them. China's Ministry of Commerce also published a list of manufacturers certified by regulatory authorities and facilitated the customs clearance of supplies in compliance with regulations. As of April 8, 58 countries and regions as well as four international organizations have signed contracts on commercial procurement of medical supplies with Chinese businesses, and another 71 countries and ten international organizations are in talks for such purchase. There are other foreign buyers cooperating with Chinese companies, too.

In our consular districts, on April 2, a chartered flight by the Kraft Group landed in Boston with around 1 million masks purchased from Shenzhen, China. To facilitate this process, Beijing established a green channel and lost no time in approving the chartered flight. Local officials in Guangdong, Massachusetts's sister state in China, offered on-the-spot assistance with customs clearance. Chinese government is now coordinating another procurement and customs clearance of 100 ventilators to New York. We sincerely hope the COVID-19 will be brought under control at an early date, so that it will cause less damage to American people.

As President Xi Jinping pointed out, China and the US should strengthen cooperation in anti-epidemic and other areas to overcome difficulties together. This is not the time for finger-pointing. This is a time for solidarity, collaboration and mutual support. We hope that the US side will work with China, respect each other, get rid of noises and disruptions, and strengthen cooperation against pandemic and in other areas in accordance with the important consensus of the two heads of state, so as to move forward China-US relations on the right track.

Pandemic respects no border or race. It is a common enemy of mankind. Only by working together can we defeat it. China stands ready to work with the international community to jointly fight the pandemic and uphold global public health security. Chinese Consulate in New York will continue to facilitate the donation and procurement within its capacity so as to win the battle against this pandemic at an early date.

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