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China vows to take an active part in international efforts against COVID-19 with the vision of building a community with a shared future for human beings at the Human Rights Council

On April 9, the United Nations Human Rights Council held virtual informal conversation with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, on the effect of COVID-19 on human rights. Ambassador CHEN Xu, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland, outlined China's contributions to international efforts against COVID-19, stating that China will continue to advance international public health cooperation and make significant contribution to the international human rights cause.

Facing the COVID-19 outbreak that caught everyone by surprise, Ambassador CHEN said, China has mobilized the entire nation, set up collective control and treatment mechanisms and acted with openness and transparency. What we fought was a people's war against COVID-19. With arduous efforts, the Chinese people fought through the most difficult time, and are speeding up the restoration of normal life and work.

Ambassador CHEN stated, guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for human beings, China has taken an active part in international efforts against COVID-19. President Xi Jinping attended the Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit on COVID-19 where he delivered important statements. He also spoke with over 20 heads of States or international organizations over the phone, expressing China's willingness to share its expertise and experiences and provide support and assistance where we can to those countries in need.

Ambassador CHEN said, China honors its assistance commitment to more than 130 countries and organizations, including testing reagents for over one million people, more than 2.2 million medical N95 masks, over 13 million surgical masks and other medical supplies, as well as 20 million U.S. dollars donation to the WHO. It has sent a total of 13 teams of medical experts to 11 countries, and held about 70 video experts conferences with more than 150 countries as well as international organizations including ASEAN, AU, EU, the Caribbean Community and SCO. China facilitated the commercial procurement of medical supplies by other countries from China. Within just one month from March 1 to early April, about 3.86 billion masks, 37 million protective suits and 2.84 million testing reagents for COVID-19 have been exported from China after customs inspection. China is taking real action to promote international public health cooperation. This in itself is a significant contribution to the international human rights cause.

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