Foreign experts laud Xi's call for int'l cooperation to tackle COVID-19

2020-03-28 06:16:51 GMT2020-03-28 14:16:51(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Foreign experts have applauded Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for international solidarity and cooperation in the prevention and control of COVID-19, saying it is vital to the victory of the battle against the pandemic.

Speaking on Thursday at the G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders' Summit on COVID-19, Xi urged the international community to be resolute in fighting an all-out global war against the COVID-19 outbreak and make a collective response for control and treatment at the international level.

He also urged G20 members to support international organizations in playing their active roles and enhance international macro-economic policy coordination.

Francesco Maringio, president of the Italy-China Association for the Promotion of the Silk Road, said Xi's remarks have clearly shown that huge common challenges have to be tackled with the contribution of the whole world.

William Jones, Washington bureau chief of the U.S. publication Executive Intelligence Review, acclaimed Xi's call for a meeting of the G20 Health Ministers as "a step in the right direction," saying that it would create a forum for a detailed discussion of measures countries are taking in dealing with this crisis.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn, chairman of the Kuhn Foundation, said that Xi's proposals to enable humanity as a whole to win the battle against this major infectious disease give meaning to the vision of an international community with a shared future.

Adhere Cavince, an international relations expert with a focus on China-Africa relations, said world leaders should heed Xi's call to work together to stem the spread of COVID 19, adding that China has been actively sharing its prevention and control experience with the rest of the world and playing a key role in inspiring international solidarity to combat the epidemic.

The international community must build consensus, overcome the difficulties, and pool the global technology, resources, knowledge and leadership to achieve a lasting victory in the COVID-19 fight, said the expert.

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