Chi­nese firms, com­mu­nity aid SA in virus fight

Pretoria News - - METRO - STAFF RE­PORTER

CHI­NESE en­ter­prises and com­mu­ni­ties in South Africa have do­nated R3 mil­lion and test­ing kits to the South African govern­ment to sup­port the fight against Covid-19.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to South Africa Lin Song­tian, ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule, Health Min­is­ter Zweli Mkhize, South Africa-China Eco­nomic and Trade As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Wang Wen’an, Huawei (South Africa) chief ex­ec­u­tive Fan Wen, South Africa Chi­nese Com­mu­nity and Po­lice Fo­rum chair­per­son Li Xinzhu, and All Africa As­so­ci­a­tion for Peace­ful Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of China chair­per­son Xu Chang­bin at­tended the cer­e­mony.

Di­plo­mats of the Chi­nese Em­bassy and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Chi­nese busi­nesses and the Chi­nese com­mu­nity were also present at the event.

Lin said that un­der the strong lead­er­ship and per­sonal com­mand and de­ploy­ment of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, the Chi­nese govern­ment and peo­ple have taken the most com­pre­hen­sive, strin­gent and thor­ough mea­sures. He re­ferred to the mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources na­tion­wide and un­prece­dented lock­down of a city with 11 mil­lion peo­ple, to res­o­lutely and ef­fec­tively con­tain and de­feat the epi­demic in China.

“We have gained time for, and made great sac­ri­fices and con­tri­bu­tions to the pre­ven­tion and con­trol ef­forts of other coun­tries.”

The “Chi­nese so­lu­tions” and “Chi­nese pre­scrip­tions” for anti-epi­demic ef­forts have been ef­fec­tive.

Lin said that there had been no new con­firmed cases in China for two con­sec­u­tive days – all the new cases were im­ported from other coun­tries.

More than 70 000 peo­ple have been cured and dis­charged in China.

All the makeshift hospi­tals in Hubei have been closed, and the med­i­cal staff who came to Hubei’s res­cue are now re­turn­ing home. “Out of the mil­lions of for­eign­ers in China, only 29 have been in­fected, and only two have died,” he said.

“Only one of the more than 80 000 African stu­dents in China was in­fected and now dis­charged from hos­pi­tal. There are no con­firmed cases among the 3 000 South African stu­dents and other South African cit­i­zens in China.

“South Africa and other African coun­tries have no con­firmed cases im­ported from China. The health and safety of for­eign cit­i­zens in China have been ef­fec­tively safe­guarded.”

Lin noted that the coro­n­avirus was spread­ing rapidly in the world, af­fect­ing more than 170 coun­tries and re­gions, with more than 160 000 con­firmed cases out­side China.

“The abil­ity, speed and scope of the spread­ing of the virus are be­yond peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tion.This is a global bat­tle be­tween man and na­ture. In the age of glob­al­i­sa­tion, all coun­tries’ in­ter­ests are in­ter­twined and no coun­try is im­mune or can fight alone.

“The only right choice is to stay com­mit­ted to build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind, pre­vent­ing and con­trol­ling the dis­ease in a sci­en­tific man­ner, and join­ing hands to fight the epi­demic.”

Lin said the pan­demic was spread­ing rapidly in South Africa and other African coun­tries. “We will never for­get the un­der­stand­ing and sup­port our South African friends gave to China, es­pe­cially the gen­er­ous do­na­tions made by South African en­ter­prises to sup­port China in its fight against the epi­demic.

“As a good friend, good part­ner and good brother of South Africa, the Chi­nese govern­ment and peo­ple have pro­vided and will con­tinue to pro­vide as­sis­tance to South Africa to the best of our ca­pac­ity, and share our anti-epi­demic ex­pe­ri­ence, so as to sup­port South Africa in de­feat­ing the epi­demic.”

He said Chi­nese en­ter­prises and com­mu­ni­ties in South Africa were tak­ing ac­tion. To date, they have do­nated R3m to the South African govern­ment to sup­port SA’s fight against the epi­demic, of which R1m was do­nated by Huawei alone.

“In ad­di­tion, the Chi­nese en­ter­prise has pro­vided 50 test­ing kits to South Africa, and an­other 500 have just ar­rived in SA for de­liv­ery.

“The Chi­nese govern­ment will pro­vide 5 000 more test­ing kits to South Africa. This re­flects our broth­er­hood and sol­i­dar­ity with the South African govern­ment and peo­ple.”

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