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Updated | China to assist Caribbean countries affected by COVID

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:43 PM
TIAN Qi, Ambassador of China to Jamaica - Contributed photo

China is to assist Caribbean countries affected by COVID-19.

TIAN Qi, Ambassador of China to Jamaica, says this will take the form of material and technical assistance, sharing of containment experience and treatment solutions, and facilitate commercial purchase of medical materials in China.

In a statement today, he further stated that China will actively expand all-round practical cooperation with Caribbean countries in areas like trade and investment and strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional organisations to elevate relations to a new level.

In order to enforce the existing cooperation on fighting COVID-19 and consolidate the traditional friendship between China and the Caribbean, with the vision of building a community of shared future for mankind, China and Caribbean countries having diplomatic relations with it held a special vice foreign ministers’ meeting on COVID-19 via video link on May 11.

The Chinese ambassador said it was the second time for the two sides to have in-depth exchange over issues including domestic COVID-19 situation and response, China-Caribbean cooperation in fighting the pandemic, and coordination and cooperation in international affairs.

According to him, all participants expressed readiness to enhance cooperation in prevention and control of COVID-19 and jointly uphold global health security.

He further indicated that Caribbean countries expressed objection to politicising, stigmatising and labelling practises under the pretext of the pandemic, and support for World Health Organisation’s leading role in the global response.

Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador says that his country has been contributing to the global COVID-19 fight, highlighting that Chinese President Xi Jinping told the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly on Monday that China will provide US$2 billion over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries.

This is part of a five-point plan which also includes China working with other G20 members to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the poorest countries.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed remarks made by TIAN Qi, Ambassador of China to Jamaica, to Chinese President Xi Jinping. We regret the error.

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