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Xi Jinping Spoke by Telephone with Philippine President Duterte and Belarusian President Lukashenko Respectively
2020-06-12

On the evening of June 11, President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone with Philippine President Duterte.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, the governments and people of China and the Philippines have helped each other and fought the epidemic together, demonstrating the brotherly friendship of mutual help. I am glad to see that under your leadership, the Philippines has introduced a series of strong prevention and control measures and achieved positive results. I believe the Filipino people will certainly carry forward the spirit of unity and cooperation, successfully overcome the epidemic situation as soon as possible and restore production and living order. China is willing to continue to provide firm support to the Philippines according to its needs. China upholds the concept of a community of human destinies, provides funds, experience and confidence for global prevention and control, and extends a helping hand to countries in need. China is willing to work closely with the Philippines to support the international community in uniting against the epidemic, WHO to better play its leading role and jointly build a human health community.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that the epidemic is a crisis, but we should have the courage to seize new opportunities in the crisis and open an innovation bureau in the changing situation. Under the condition of normalization of epidemic prevention and control, China and Philippines should innovate ideas and methods, gradually resume necessary personnel exchanges, promote practical cooperation in various fields as a whole, and help their respective economic and social development for the benefit of the two peoples. I believe that in the process of fighting the epidemic and resuming development, the traditional friendship and mutual trust between China and the Philippines will deepen over time, and the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries will usher in a broader development prospect. China and the Philippines adhere to friendship, which fully conforms to the fundamental and long-term interests of the two peoples. History will certainly prove this point.

 

Duterte said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China, which is an important milestone in the relations between the two countries. Under your strong leadership, China has not only successfully controlled the epidemic itself, but also generously extended a helping hand to partners such as the Philippines. In particular, President Xi Jinping announced that China's vaccine will be used as a global public product after its research and development are completed and put into use, which will benefit all mankind. The Philippines will always be a friend of the Chinese people and will not allow anyone to use the Philippines to engage in anti-China activities. The Philippines is committed to deepening the friendship between the two peoples and hopes to expand exchanges and cooperation with China in various fields and promote the resumption of work and production as soon as possible. The Philippines is willing to continue to strengthen cooperation with China and WHO.

 

On the evening of June 11, President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone with Belarusian President Lukashenko.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, China and Belarus have been in the same boat and helped each other, demonstrating the deep friendship of "iron friends" and the high level and particularity of China-Belarus relations. China firmly supports Belarus in taking prevention and control measures in line with its national conditions and is willing to continue to share prevention and control experiences and diagnosis and treatment plans with Belarus without reservation. I believe that under your strong leadership, the Belarusian people will be able to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible. I thank Belarus for providing help to Chinese citizens studying, working and living in Belarus. I believe Belarus will continue to effectively protect their life safety and health. China is willing to work with the international community, including Belarus, to strengthen cooperation and jointly build a human health community.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that at present, the comprehensive strategic partnership of mutual trust and win-win cooperation between China and Belarus is operating at a high level. The two sides do not hesitate to support each other on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns. They are truly all-weather partners. China will, as always, support the development path chosen by Belarus according to its own national conditions. The epidemic will inevitably affect bilateral exchanges and practical cooperation between the two countries, but China-Belarus relations have a solid foundation and great potential for cooperation. The two sides should turn challenges into opportunities, deepen the co-construction of the "the Belt and Road Initiative" cooperation, accelerate the construction of China-Belarus Industrial Park and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields to achieve more results, and push bilateral relations to a new level.

 

Lukashenko said that China has always respected the development path chosen by the Belarusian side independently, provided strong support for the Belarusian side in fighting the epidemic, shared valuable experience and played an important role in the prevention and control of the epidemic in the Belarusian side. The Belarusian side is deeply grateful for this. Belarusian and China are good friend and brother. The Belarusian side firmly opposes politicizing and labeling the virus and will continue to stand firmly on China's side on issues involving China's core interests. The Belarusian side is willing to work with China to make full use of China-EU Banliers to expand bilateral trade, jointly build the "the Belt and Road Initiative" and promote practical cooperation in various fields. I eagerly look forward to welcoming you again as soon as possible after the epidemic.