The State Council Information Office (SCIO) held a press conference on Oct. 26 in Beijing on China's COVID-19 assistance and international development cooperation.
Luo Zhaohui, chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA)
Zhang Maoyu, vice chairman of the CIDCA
Zhou Liujun, vice chairman of the CIDCA
Deng Boqing, vice chairman of the CIDCA
Shou Xiaoli, deputy director general of the Press Bureau of the State Council Information Office (SCIO) and SCIO spokesperson
Oct. 26, 2021
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this press conference held by the State Council Information Office (SCIO). Today we are very happy to be joined by Mr. Luo Zhaohui, chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), and the agency's vice chairmen, Mr. Zhang Maoyu, Mr. Zhou Liujun and Mr. Deng Boqing, who will introduce China's COVID-19 assistance and international development cooperation, and answer any questions you have. Next, I'll give the floor to Mr. Luo Zhaohui.
Good morning, friends from the media. It is a pleasure to meet you all. This is the first press conference held by the CIDCA since its establishment more than three years ago. I would like to thank you for your long-term interest in China's foreign aid and for your support of our agency's work. I would also like to thank the SCIO for inviting us to participate in today's press conference.
Yesterday, a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the People's Republic of China's lawful seat in the United Nations was held in the Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping attended the conference and delivered an important speech. What you may not know is that our foreign aid work played a unique role in this historic event. For U.N. General Assembly Resolution 2758, 22 of the 23 co-sponsors are our recipient countries. This is the epitome and pride of China's foreign aid cause from "yesterday."
At present, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the world economy is struggling to recover and sustainable global development is facing severe challenges. Under the personal command and deployment of President Xi Jinping, we have not only achieved the "double lead" in fighting the pandemic and in economic recovery, but also carried out the longest period and widest scope of emergency humanitarian aid operation since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Last year, China provided a large number of anti-pandemic materials such as protective suits, masks and ventilators to 150 countries and 13 international organizations. Since the beginning of this year, we have provided more than 1.5 billion doses of vaccines to 106 countries and four international organizations, which have played an important role in controlling the pandemic and leading the anti-pandemic cooperation. This is the rainbow and glory of our foreign aid cause for "today."
Our foreign aid cause has gone through 71 years of glorious history from 1950 to the present day, carrying a strong friendship and bearing fruitful results. From the Tanzania-Zambia Railway to the Karakoram Highway, from hybrid rice to Juncao planting, from artemisinin to COVID-19 vaccines, these are all amazing business cards and witnesses of China's aid. You can see "China Aid" written on the packaging of donated vaccines — this is the very business card of China. The foreign aid work is a glorious chapter in the 100-year history of the Communist Party of China (CPC). So far, China has provided various types of aid to more than 160 countries, including implementing thousands of complete projects and material aid projects, carrying out tens of thousands of technical cooperation and human resource development projects, and offering over 400,000 training opportunities for various types of personnel from developing countries. These achievements are inseparable from the hard work of our generations of foreign aid workers, and the continuous struggle of various departments on our foreign aid front.
Since the 18th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, China's foreign aid and international development cooperation have opened up new prospects and made new achievements on the existing basis.
China continues to innovate its ideas on international development cooperation. With a big heart and a global vision, President Xi Jinping put forward the important concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests, the principles of sincerity, real results, affinity, good faith, and the principles of amity, sincerity, mutual benefits and inclusiveness. These ideas have inherited and carried forward Marxist internationalism and humanitarian spirit, and at the same time have combined with such traditional Chinese concepts as "making the world better if you're capable" and "creating a world of harmony and unity." Our foreign aid work is aimed at realizing these important thoughts and practicing these important ideas.
China's international development cooperation mechanism is improving day by day. More than three years ago, the Chinese government specially established the CIDCA to provide an important mechanism guarantee for promoting the quality and upgrading of international development cooperation. We also set up the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund and established the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development to help developing countries enhance their capacity for independent development.
China's contribution to international development cooperation has expanded significantly. We have contributed "Chinese solutions," "Chinese wisdom" and "Chinese power" to solve the world's development problems. In the face of endless global challenges and disasters, "Chinese aid" has never been absent. The focus of our aid is on vaccines and anti-pandemic supplies, while routine aid has not stopped, especially for overseas projects involving people's livelihoods. Taking into account the continuity of these projects and the urgent needs of recipient countries, we have overcome many difficulties and continued our aid. Of course, we did not relax for a moment regarding project safety, supervision and anti-corruption issues. We also had to change some foreign aid training projects from in-person to a combination of online and offline methods.
China is still a developing country. We attach great importance to and actively conduct foreign aid, first of all in order to practice Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy. Human beings share the same Earth, depend on each other and share a common future. President Xi Jinping creatively put forward the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind. Our foreign aid work is a great practice toward building a community with a shared future for mankind, and is also the lofty embodiment of the CPC's original mission in the cause of human progress.
Second, our work is in order to consolidate and deepen friendly cooperation with other developing countries, expand our circle of friends, and seek common prosperity and development. The current international situation is not peaceful, and a Cold War mentality and ideological disputes have never ceased. As a responsible major country, it is increasingly important and urgent for China to carry out foreign aid, lead South-South cooperation, build consensus on development and practice true multilateralism.