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Chinese Scholars in Open Letter Seek U.S.-China Collaboration in the Fight To Overcome COVID-19

April 2, 2020 (EIRNS)—The Chonyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University released an open letter to Americans signed by 100 Chinese scholars on March 26, which was published today in The Diplomat. It begins,

“Recently, we have heard many critical voices politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing the most dangerous infectious disease in a century, these criticisms help neither China, the U.S., nor the world to curb the spread of the virus. Political bickering does nothing to contribute to the healthy development of Sino-U.S. relations, nor will it help the people of the world to rationally and accurately understand and cope with the pandemic. We want to sincerely and frankly share our views with our American friends today.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health crisis with a horrific scale not seen in generations.... Countries should be working together, not complaining, finger pointing, and blaming one another. The virus does not know any borders, but neither does love, nor friendship. As two of the great countries on Earth, cooperation between China and the U.S. could, and should, be used to bring a more positive outcome for all humankind.

“Respecting science, cherishing life, and protecting people from harm should be our shared goals in the fight against COVID-19....

“We are grateful for the support of the international community, including donations from American friends, during the most critical stage of the fight.... Hopefully, we soon be able to celebrate the final victory over COVID-19!”

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