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Briefing by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy on the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting on COVID-19

State councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be in Vientiane, the Laos from February 19 to 21 to co-chair the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting on COVID-19 with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Lopez Locsin of current ASEAN-China country coordinator the Philippines. Other ASEAN foreign ministers will attend the meeting. There will also be a China-ASEAN medical experts’ meeting to be held in parallel with the foreign ministers’ meeting.

Sincere the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Chinese government, acting with a high sense of responsibility to its people and the international community, has put people’s life, health and safety on top of its agenda and adopted the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures, which are gradually being paid off. As of Feb 14, new confirmed cases in China excluding Hubei Province has declined for the 12th consecutive day, while over 8000 patients have been cured and the mortality rate is controlled at 2.29% nationwide and 0.55% for areas excluding Hubei. The situation speaks volume that the epidemic is curable and controllable and that China is confident and capable of defeating the epidemic.

Not long ago, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the 56th Munich Security Conference. He reminded the conference that we live in a time when traditional and non-traditional security issues are entwined, and when local issues easily become global and vice versa, and that no country can prosper in isolation. Under the concept of a community of shared future for mankind, China and ASEAN countries have maintained close communication and carried out rounds of effective cooperation in responding to the COVID-19 epidemic. Many ASEAN countries including Thailand have offered us support and assistance through various ways, vividly demonstrating the valuable friendship of good neighbors that share weal and woe. That the two sides have decided to hold a special foreign ministers' meeting within such a short period of time demonstrates our will and determination to overcome difficulties with concerted efforts. During the meeting, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will talk about China's strong measures on countering the epidemic and exchange in-depth views on collaboration with ASEAN counterparts to advance joint prevention and control, maintain normal economic and social exchange, and explore launching a permanent mechanism on public health cooperation. By doing so, we will safeguard the health and safety of people in regional countries and contribute to global public health.

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