AGENCIES, New Delhi: China on Wednesday thanked India for its support in the fight against COVID-19 and offered to help contain the pandemic in the country.
Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, Counselor Ji Rong said, “Chinese enterprises have started to make donations to India. We stand ready to provide further support and assistance to the best of our capability in light of the needs of the Indian side.”
China and India, she said, have maintained communication and cooperation and lent support to each other in coping with the epidemic through difficult times.
Over 3,200 people have died and around 81,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus in China so far.
On February 26, an Indian Air Force aircraft delivered around 15 tonnes of medical supples comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment to the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city. According to the government, the medical supplies included one lakh surgical masks, five lakh pairs of surgical gloves, 75 pieces of infusion pumps, 30 pieces of enteral feeding pumps, 21 pieces of defibrillator and 4,000 pieces of N-95 masks valued at Rs 2.11cr.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had communicated to Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 8, 2020 conveying the solidarity of the Indian government and its people with the neighbouring nation and the readiness to provide assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Indian side has provided medical supplies to China. Indian people have supported China’s fight against the epidemic in various ways. We express appreciation and thanks for that,” she said.
China, she said, has timely shared its experience in epidemic prevention and control and diagnosis and treatment since the beginning of the outbreak.
Recently, China held an online video conference to brief 19 Eurasian and South Asian countries, including India, on China’s experience, the spokesperson pointed out.
“We believe that the Indian people will win the battle at an early date. China will continue to fight the epidemic together with India and other countries, enhance cooperation in multilateral platforms such as G20 and BRICS, contribute our wisdom and strength to better address the global challenges and promote the health and well-being of all mankind,” Ji Rong said.