On April 14th, 2020, on behalf of the Chinese government, Ambassador Huang Zheng presented medical supplies and a cheque of 100,000 USD to T.H. Livingston A. Taulung, Secretary of Health & Social Affairs and Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
A ceremony was held at the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs. T.H. Kandhi A. Elieisar, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brendy Carl, Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Counselor Zhang Weitao, Deputy Chief of Mission, among others, attended the ceremony.
In his remarks, Ambassador Huang pointed out that COVID-19 is a global public health crisis. Nations around the world should unite as one to overcome the current challenge. Under the strong leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the positive trend in preventing and controlling the pandemic in China has been constantly expanded.
China is grateful to the FSM government and people for their help and support at the beginning of the pandemic. The Chinese government has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner, and has been actively engaging in international cooperation in the spirit of mutual assistance.
China made this donation to implement the important consensuses reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and FSM President Panuelo and to keep pushing forward the China-FSM Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to develop in length and in depth, and also to reciprocate the goodwill we received from the FSM earlier during the pandemic, to act on international humanitarianism and to implement the vision of building a Community with a Shared Future for Humanity.
China is willing to work with FSM to safeguard public health in the Pacific and the world at large, and to jointly build a Community with a Shared Future for Humanity as well as a Community of Common Health for Mankind.
Secretary Taulung sincerely appreciated China’s timely help and fully recognized China’s enormous sacrifice and great contribution to global public health. He hoped that under the strong leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government and people will claim full victory against the pandemic at an early date. Secretary Taulung underscored that FSM will firmly uphold the One China policy.
By making full use of this batch of medical supplies, FSM hopes to strengthen its cooperation with China to beef up international prevention and control against COVID-19 and therefore jointly prevail over the current pandemic, and makes joint efforts to build a Community with a Shared Future for Humanity as well as upgrade the China-FSM Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a new high.
On April 13th, a batch of Chinese assistance supplies arrived at the Pohnpei International Airport, consisting of hundreds of much-needed surgical masks, shoe covers, gloves, protective clothing, goggles and forehead thermometers. This donation is under the China-Pacific Islands Countries Cooperation Fund against COVID-19. The handover ceremony was fully reported by FSM Office of the President and its official Facebook account and local media.