Beijing Youth Daily:
What's the progress of China's COVID-19 assistance to Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific region? What measures will be taken in the future? Thank you.
China and countries in Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific region enjoy a history of profound friendship and share weal and woe together. We are good partners, good friends and good brothers on the path of development. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, China upholds the values of greater good and shared interests and follows the principles of sincerity, affinity, good faith and real results. Under the framework of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and China-CELAC Forum, we have cooperated in areas such as health, agriculture, education and green development, and achieved remarkable results in building an even closer China-Africa and China-Latin America community with a shared future.
Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held in 2018. The sudden outbreak of the pandemic brought us a severe test. We have actively responded to multiple impacts of the pandemic and provided support and assistance within our capacity to African countries and the African Union (AU), to aid their economic and social development, mainly in the following aspects.
First, conducting anti-pandemic cooperation. We immediately donated more than 120 batches of testing reagents, ventilators and other anti-pandemic supplies, while providing vaccines to 50 African countries and the AU, and sending medical expert teams to 17 African countries.
Second, supporting economic recovery. We have implemented nearly 400 assistance projects across various fields. Despite the impact of the pandemic, nearly 10,000 Chinese engineers, technicians and medical workers remain in their posts. Likewise, hundreds of assistance projects have already been implemented, which provide strong support for African countries to resume work and production.
Third, advancing project cooperation. We have fully implemented the "eight major initiatives" introduced at the FOCAC Beijing Summit. Construction on the headquarters of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) began ahead of schedule at the end of last year. Other projects that China provided aid for such as a children's hospital in Senegal and a center for treatment of infectious diseases in Mauritania's Nouakchott National Hospital were successfully completed and handed over to local governments. Such key medical projects have played an important role in African countries' fight against the epidemic. An additional 50 Chinese assistance projects across six areas including industrial promotion, health, peace and security, green development, trade promotion and people-to-people exchanges will all be completed soon.
Fourth, reducing and canceling debt to alleviate African countries' financial burden.
Fifth, improving capabilities. We have trained more than 25,000 talents and technical personnel for African countries, and cooperated and shared experiences with 45 hospitals in 40 African countries. The governments and people of those nations expressed their sincere appreciation for China's help and cherish China as a true friend of Africa.
China also provided assistance to Latin American countries and island countries in the South Pacific region. We have carried out a large number of assistance projects covering transportation, agriculture, animal husbandry and fishery, infrastructure, culture, education and health, and trained more than 50,000 managerial and technical personnel in various fields, which strongly supported regional economic and social development. More specifically, since the outbreak of COVID-19, China promptly provided anti-epidemic materials and vaccines to countries in need. To date, 53 batches of anti-epidemic materials and 28 batches of vaccines have been delivered to relevant countries. Chinese experts communicated with other countries' medical staff and shared their experiences during video conferences. We have actively implemented the G20 debt relief initiative and helped those countries alleviate their debts.
Next, besides deepening anti-pandemic cooperation, we will focus our foreign cooperation on public health, trade promotion, connectivity, poverty alleviation and benefiting rural workers, digital innovation, green development, peace and security, capacity building and similar fields. Through promoting small but beautiful, advantageous and effective projects, China vows to deliver the benefits of assistance to people of recipient countries, work together to fight against the pandemic, and accelerate economic and social recovery, so as to make greater contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind. Thank you.