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COVID-19 Update: China to Continue Helping Spain Fight COVID-19 Epidemic

May 13,2020 ByJIEYU WANGICHONGQING
  • There were 4,088,848 confirmed cases (82,591 new) globally, and 283,153 people (4,261 new) have lost their lives by 10:00 CEST May 12, according to the daily COVID-19 situation report released by the World Health Organization.
  • The Chinese mainland reported 1 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 0:00 to 24:00 on May 11, according to the National Health Commission on May 12. Also on May 11, 15 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland. 
  • Xinhua reported that China has been actively providing anti-epidemic supplies to Spain and shared with it without reservation diagnosis and treatment scheme for COVID-19 as well as experience in COVID-19 prevention and control.
  • China’s Foreign Ministry underlines one-China principle on WHO affairs on Tuesday.

People walk on the street in the China-Russia border city of Manzhouli in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Lian Zhen)

The Chinese mainland reported one new imported case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Monday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,691, the National Health Commission said Tuesday. The new case was reported in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the commission said.

Of the total imported cases, 1,611 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 80 remained hospitalized with three in severe conditions, the commission said. No deaths had been reported from the imported cases.

China to continue helping Spain fight COVID-19 epidemic

A saleswoman works in a clothing store in Barcelona, Spain, on May 11, 2020. (Photo by Sergi Camara/Xinhua)

China is willing to continue providing assistance within its capability to help Spain combat the COVID-19 epidemic, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday.

In a phone talk with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha Gonzalez Laya, Wang said Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a message of sympathy to Spanish King Felipe VI and held a phone conversation with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, conveying his firm support to the Spanish government and people in their fight against COVID-19.

For a period of time, China has been actively providing anti-epidemic supplies to Spain and shared with it without reservation diagnosis and treatment scheme for COVID-19 as well as experience in COVID-19 prevention and control, Wang said. He added that the Chinese side is glad to see that the epidemic situation in Spain has continued to improve, and expressed his belief that Spain will keep the epidemic under its full control at an early date.

Wang said China hopes that Spain will continue to ensure the health and safety of Chinese nationals in the country. He pointed out that China’s provision of support and assistance to countries including Spain demonstrated the international humanitarian spirit and the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, with no extra political conditions or geopolitical private interests.

China’s Foreign Ministry underlines one-China principle on WHO affairs

It is a smooth process for technical experts from the Taiwan region to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) technical activities under the one-China principle, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s remarks came after the foreign affairs department of Taiwan authorities said Monday that the Chinese mainland signed a confidential Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WHO in 2005 on affairs related to the Taiwan region’s participation in the WHO activities. It is no secret about the MOU signed by the Chinese government and the WHO in 2005, Zhao told a routine press briefing, adding that relevant information could be reached online.

There is only one China in the world, and the Taiwan region is an inalienable part of China’s territory, Zhao stressed, noting that China does not need to sign an MOU with any international organization to “return Taiwan to China.”

According to the MOU signed by China and the WHO, it is a smooth process for technical experts from the Taiwan region to participate in the WHO technical activities under the one-China principle, said the spokesperson. He noted that 16 batches of 24 medical and health experts from the Taiwan region have participated in the WHO technical activities since 2019.

Taiwan authorities’ political manipulation of the COVID-19 pandemic is totally futile, said the spokesperson.

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