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May 19 | Issue 2020-31
China's Battle Against COVID-19 (31)
China announces measures to boost global fight against COVID-19

  • We must do everything we can for COVID-19 control and treatment. 
  • The World Health Organization should lead the global response.
  • We must provide greater support for Africa.
  • We must strengthen global governance in the area of public health.
  • We must restore economic and social development.
  • We must strengthen international cooperation.

China will take concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19:

  • Provide US$2 billion over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries.

  • Work with the UN to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China, ensure the operation of anti-epidemic supply chains and foster “green corridors” for fast-track transportation and customs clearance.     

  • Establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of the Africa CDC headquarters to help the continent ramp up its disease preparedness and control capacity.

  • COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good. This will be China’s contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries.

  • Work with other G20 members to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the poorest countries. China is also ready to work with the international community to bolster support for the hardest-hit countries under the greatest strain of debt service, so that they could tide over the current difficulties.

Read full text of President Xi's statement.
Facts & Updates

A batch of surgical masks donated by the Red Cross Society of China arrived at the warehouse of American Red Cross in Union City, Georgia, on May 8. 

According to statistics from Chinese Customs, as of May 15, Chinese provinces & cities, organizations & enterprises had donated about 10.57 million masks, 311.5 thousand pairs of gloves, 133.7 thousand goggles, 157.3 thousand protective suits, 1,000 non-invasive ventilators and 500 thousand testing kits.
On May 18 (Beijing Time), the Chinese mainland reported 6 new cases of confirmed infections of COVID-19 (including 3 imported cases) and no deaths . China's National Health Commission had received reports of 82,960 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths in all. 78,241 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital, while 85 patients were under treatment in hospital. ( Read detailed report)
3rd CIIE will play a key role for global economic recovery
  • The scale of the exhibition will be further expanded. At present, the contracted exhibition area has exceeded the level of the same period last year.

  • The quality of the exhibition will be further improved. The Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders will continue to participate with new products, new technologies and new services.

  • The exhibition structure will be further optimized. There will be exhibition areas for public health and epidemic prevention, energy conservation and environmental protection, and smart travel. More than 30 Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders in the field of public health have signed up for the expo, with an exhibition area of over 5,000 square meters.

Find more about CIIE
127th session of Canton Fair will be held online, June 15-24
The National Pavilion : there are 50 exhibition sections that cover 16 major categories :(1)Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances; (2)Lighting Equipment; (3)Vehicles & Spare Parts; (4)Hardware & Tools; (5)Machinery; (6)Building Materials; (7)Chemical Products; (8)Energy Resources; (9)Consumer Goods; (10)Gifts; (11)Textiles & Garments; (12)Shoes; (13)Home Decorations; (14)Office Supplies, Cases & Bags, and Recreation Products; (15)Food; (16)Medicines, Medical Devices and Health Products. About 25,000 exhibitors will display online.

The International Pavilion displays 6 major categories :(1)Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances; (2)Building Materials & Hardware; (3)Machinery Equipments; (4)Food & Drink; (5)Household Items; (6)Fabrics and Home Textiles. About 400 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions will display in this Pavilion.

All exhibitors will display online according to their exhibition sections. The Canton Fair will provide around-the-clock online services for product promotion, matchmaking and business negotiations, including online exhibition, live streaming services, matchmaking and activities on third party platforms.  Domestic and overseas buyers can register or log in on the official website .
Video Clips: China loses no time sharing information on epidemic | COVID-19 timeline
On Dec. 31, 2019 , China informed the WHO China Country Office of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan.

On Jan. 3, 2020 , China began sending regular updates about the novel coronavirus to WHO, other countries including the United States.

In an open, transparent and responsible manner, China has shared with the world updates on the disease and its response experience, and has pursued international cooperation.