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Xi Affirms ‘China Has Full Confidence and Capability To Win the Battle’ against Coronavirus’

Jan. 29, 2020 (EIRNS)—Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing with the visiting World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and continued to take high-profile, personal leadership in his country’s battle against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“China has full confidence and capability to win the battle,” Xi stated, “The Chinese people are now fighting a very serious battle against the epidemic,” Xi said, and “the prevention and control of the outbreak is the country’s most important work for now.” He stressed that “China is ready to work with the WHO as well as the international community to safeguard regional and global public health security.”

Dr. Tedros was effusive in his praise of what China has done to date. Xinhua reported that

“Tedros said it is admirable that the Chinese government has shown its solid political resolve and taken timely and effective measures in dealing with the epidemic. President Xi’s personal guidance and deployment show his great leadership capability, Tedros said. He said that China has released information in an open and transparent manner, identified the pathogen in a record-short time and shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus in a timely manner with the WHO and other countries.”

Tedros went further, observing that “China’s measures are not only protecting its people, but also protecting the people in the whole world,” according to Xinhua. “The high speed and massive scale of China’s moves are rarely seen in the world, Tedros said, which showed China’s efficiency and the advantages of China’s system. The experience of China is worth learning for other countries.” Tedros concluded, “The WHO firmly supports China’s measures against the epidemic and stands ready to enhance cooperation with China and provide all necessary assistance.”

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