China has said it will stay with Bangladesh in fight against COVID-19 disease and address the medical needs, implement key infrastructure projects and help continue bilateral trade and supply chain Bangladesh stabilize its market.
In a 3-page open letter from the Embassy of China last night (Monday), Ambassador Li Jiming said China shall also stay with Bangladesh to continue to provide necessary services and engage in political discourses with the Bangladeshi side as China always do.
The full texts of the letter as follows--
We Shall Stay with Bangladesh
in Building a Community of Common Health
--An Open Letter from the Embassy of China
March 30th, 2020
Dear People of Bangladesh,At present, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating and spreading across the world, including in Bangladesh where 49 cases have been recorded so far. This pandemic threatens the safety of the people of all countries and tests the common wisdom of human society. As of March 29, COVID-19 has spread to over 199 countries and regions with more than 730,000 cases confirmed globally. The grim situation of epidemic prevention and control has led many countries to upgrade their response measures.
After a strenuous struggle and tremendous sacrifices, the situation of epidemic prevention and control in China continues to improve, with the order of production and life being restored at an increasing pace. China is by no means alone in its fight against the epidemic. The international community has given us much valuable support. Leaders of over 170 countries and heads of more than 40 international and regional organizations have either sent messages showing sympathy or issued statements of support for China. Such expressions of friendship will always be remembered and cherished by the Chinese people.
We are deeply touched by the people of Bangladesh as you firmly stand by the Chinese people in the fight against COVID-19. Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, sent a letter of sympathy and support to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The government and civil societies of Bangladesh donated various kinds of medical and health supplies to the Chinese people. Many special prayers were also held for China by Bangladeshi religious circles. A friend in need is a friend indeed. The heart-touching actions speak of the long-term and profound friendship between the people of China and Bangladesh.
Yet as the pandemic continues to spread beyond borders, the world is now facing one of the gravest challenges of recent times. At the recent G20 Leaders’ Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized it is imperative for the international community to strengthen confidence, act with unity and work together in a collective response so that humanity as one could win the battle against such a major infectious disease, echoing the repeated calls for coordinated efforts from the UN Secretary General and the Director General of WHO. In the era of globalization, all nations are highly interdependent, which makes solidarity and cooperation the most powerful weapon in the fight against this pandemic that endangers humanity as a whole. Only by working together to build a community of common health for mankind can we enhance the common well-being of all and safeguard the common future of mankind.
Guided by such a vision, China is more than ready to provide assistance where we can to other countries and contribute to a stable world economy. The Chinese government has donated 20 million dollars to WHO and announced assistance to more than 89 countries in forms of medical supplies and expertise. 7 Chinese medical expert teams have been dispatched to some of the most severely affected countries including Iran, Iraq, Italy, Serbia and so on. Local governments in China and Chinese enterprises and civil organizations have also been donating supplies to cities and countries affected.
Bangladesh has seen a moderate increase in the number of confirmed cases since early March. Though the Bangladeshi government has undertaken a series of resolute, strong and effective measures to curb the disease, there are inevitably concerns over how the situation will evolve. At this crucial stage in the fight against the epidemic, the Embassy of China wishes to express its full confidence in Bangladesh and the solidarity of the local Chinese community with our Bangladeshi friends. We shall stay with Bangladesh in this war against the common enemy.
We shall stay with Bangladesh in combating the disease and addressing the medical needs. As of today, China has donated 40,500 test kits, 15,000 surgical N95 masks, 300,000 medical masks, 10,000 protective gowns and 1,000 infrared thermometers to Bangladesh for medical workers and others who are most in need, with more supplies to arrive in the near future. The Embassy is also organizing a video conference between top Chinese medical experts and Bangladeshi doctors and nurses to provide training and instructions for managing the disease.
We shall stay with Bangladesh in the implementation of key cooperation projects to make sure that both during and after the epidemic, Bangladeshi workers on the projects will remain employed and the construction will go on as long as the situation permits.
We shall stay with Bangladesh in our bilateral trade and supply chains to help Bangladesh stabilize its market share and keep local factories up and running to produce critical medical equipment, with the Chinese airlines remaining in operation.
We from the Embassy of China shall also stay with Bangladesh to continue to provide necessary services and engage in political discourses with the Bangladeshi side as we always do.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Bangladesh. Over the years, the two countries have respected, understood and supported each other. Pragmatic cooperation in all fields has been greatly expanded, which benefits not only the peoples of the two countries but also the development of the entire region. It should be clearly and rationally understood that the impact of the epidemic on China and Bangladesh's economies is temporary and controllable. The Chinese side will work hand in hand with the government of Bangladesh and all sectors of Bangladeshi society to contain the situation, to overcome the temporary difficulties and to emerge from the crisis with even stronger partnership. Through solidarity and mutual support, China and Bangladesh will prevail over this outbreak, and together we shall embrace a brighter future for mankind.
With best wishes,
Ambassador of China to Bangladesh