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FM discusses novel coronavirus fight with ICRC president

Updated: Feb 16,2020 07:20 AM    Xinhua

MUNICH — State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Feb 15 discussed with Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), on the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In their meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Wang briefed Maurer on China's battle against the COVID-19 epidemic, noting that the ICRC's traditions and spirit of upholding the humanitarian bottom line of respecting life have been perfectly and thoroughly embodied in China's fight against the epidemic.

Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, 1.4 billion Chinese people have sprung to action, to support and safeguard Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, Wang said.

China has spared no efforts to save each and every life that is threatened by the virus, to protect life and safety of the people with the strongest will, and to take on its due responsibility for global public health, Wang added.

Wang said China is ready to deepen its cooperation with the ICRC, to enhance medical cooperation in regions such as Africa and to make contributions to the international pursuit on humanitarian and health front.

Maurer noted, the ICRC speaks highly of the Chinese government for making great efforts to fight the epidemic, particularly to contain its spread. Having delivered aids to the Chinese side, the ICRC will continue to provide full support to China, with confidence that the country will win the battle against the epidemic as soon as possible.

The ICRC also highly appreciates China's commitment to international public health security, especially offering aids to Africa and building medical capacity in countries with fragile health conditions, according to Maurer.

The ICRC president expressed hope that China shares more of its experiences, and the organization and China deepen their cooperation.