Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang: Thank the foreign envoys for cheering China on

First, I’d like to share with you some figures from the National Health Commission (NHC) this morning. Between 00:00 and 24:00, February 13, altogether 1,081 cured and discharged cases were reported in China’s mainland. As of 24:00 February 13, a total of 6,723 people have been cured and discharged from hospital in China’s mainland.

Between 00:00 and 24:00, February 13, there were 267 newly reported confirmed cases in China (excluding Hubei Province), marking the 10th day of declining.

Recently many foreign ambassadors and representatives to China said on social media platforms that they stand with China in this fight against the NCP (COVID-19). It shows not only their strong recognition of China’s epidemic response but also their confidence in the Chinese government and people’s capability to defeat the virus.

The Russian ambassador to China said, “We hope the Chinese people will stay safe and sound, ward off all diseases and resume normal life as soon as possible.” The German ambassador to China said, “German people’s thoughts are with China in this challenging time and we wish the Chinese people an early victory over the epidemic.” The Cuban ambassador to China said, “Chinese friends are not alone and the Cuban people stand with them.” The Mongolian ambassador to China said, “Friendly Chinese people will win the battle against the novel coronavirus.” The Iranian ambassador to China said, “I’m sure China, with 5000 years of civilization, will overcome this problem.” The Brazilian ambassador to China said, “The Chinese people have overcome all the challenges they encountered before. Brazil has faith in China.” The French ambassador to China said, “True friends are recognized in trying times. France is by your side.” The UN Resident Coordinator in China said, “The international community is behind China. Zhongguo jiayou! (Stay strong, China!)”

We applaud all foreign diplomats, representatives and the countries and institutions they represent for standing with China in times of adversity. This is a perfect demonstration of a community with a shared future for mankind.

After the epidemic, the history will remember not only the Chinese people’s courage, arduous struggle and concerted efforts, but also the spirit of countries tiding over the difficulties hand in hand. China will continue working with all countries to fight the epidemic, defeat it as early as possible, safeguard international public health security and contribute to the health and wellbeing of all mankind.

Partly quoted from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Daily Briefing Online on February 14, 2020


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