|President Xi Jinping Speaks by Phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin|
President Xi Jinping took a phone call from President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the evening of 19 March.
Xi said that the ferocious outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted China to rise to the challenges against all odds, because at stake are not only the lives, health and safety of the Chinese people but also global public health security. Thanks to the painstaking efforts made so far, the situation in China is steadily turning for the better, with life and work returning to normal at a faster pace. We have confidence, capability and determination to win the final victory over the outbreak.
Xi expressed China's readiness to work with Russia and other countries to fight the epidemic. Guided by its vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China will promote international cooperation against the epidemic, share experience on prevention, control and medical treatment, and push for breakthroughs in joint research. China will work with other countries to jointly confront common threats and challenges and safeguard public health security for all.
Xi noted the mutual support, solidarity and close collaboration between China and Russia in this extraordinary fight against the virus, describing them as a testament to the strength of China-Russia relations in the new era. The cooperation between the two countries enjoys a solid foundation and a strong internal driving force. In the context of the Year of Scientific and Technological Innovation in 2020 and 2021, the two sides must seize the opportunities for carrying out still more fruitful cooperation in various fields.
Xi gave firm support for the important measures Russia has taken to achieve lasting prosperity and stability, and expressed confidence that under the leadership of President Putin, the Russian people will rally together and achieve new success along a development path that suits the country.
Putin commended the Chinese government for taking effective measures to not only contain the spread of the virus at home but also contribute to safeguarding the health and safety of people across the world. Russia highly appreciates China's efforts and is heartened to see China's success. By providing timely assistance to other countries affected by COVID-19, China has set an example for the international community and responded, loud and clear, to the provocation and stigmatization by some country. Russia will maintain its mutual support and close cooperation with China in battling the virus and further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between the two countries.