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Wu Xi

is the Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand. She was widely quoted back in February with what many took as a warning to New Zealand about its relationship with China when she quoted a Chinese proverb which said: “when in prosperity, friends know us, and in adversity, we know our friends.” Now, she says, China is sending medical supplies to New Zealand. She has contributed the following article.

 In April 8, the Chinese city of Wuhan emerged from a lockdown which lasted for 76 days.  The situation in China is now moving steadily in a positive direction, with life and work quickly returning to normal. Yet, there is no way we can let down our guard. Newly imported confirmed cases of Covid-19 in China are rising quickly. The pandemic is still spreading throughout the world.  It is a global crisis for humanity.

During its fight against Covid-19, China received a great deal of encouragement and support from the international community.  Leaders of over 170 countries and heads of more than 50 international and regional organizations sent messages of support.  79 countries and 10 international organizations provided medical supplies. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the people of New Zealand sent their sympathy, condolences and support to China, which was sincerely appreciated.

Throughout the crisis, China has been committed to international cooperation. China has provided timely updates on the pandemic in the spirit of openness, transparency and responsibility. Since January 1st, China has  briefed the WHO and other countries about the pandemic on a regular basis.  Chinese scientists identified the pathogen of the virus in record time and shared the full genetic sequence with the WHO on January 11th.  This was followed by sharing diagnostic and treatment information, as well as updates on effective prevention and control measures, to help other countries draw experiences from China’s efforts. We established an online Knowledge Center for China’s Experiences in response to Covid-19, sharing updated protocols on pandemic prevention and control and clinical treatment.

China has also participated actively in the global response to Covid-19, fulfilling its responsibility to the world because the pandemic poses a common challenge to all of us. In the past two months, President Xi Jinping has engaged constructively with more than 20 heads of state, governments and international organizations.

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