China has made great efforts to prevent the global spread of novel coronavirus pneumonia and it will continue to cooperate with other nations in a transparent manner in the fight against the disease, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.
Xi made the remarks in phone calls with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.
In his talk with Johnson, Xi said material support from the United Kingdom demonstrated the friendship between the two countries and peoples.
Since the very beginning of the outbreak, people’s safety and health has been the Chinese government’s top priority and it has taken the strictest measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease, Xi said, adding that positive progress has been made thanks to these measures.
Noting that prevention and control of the disease has reached a critical period, Xi said that China will continue to fight the outbreak with strong measures and at the same time make efforts to ease its impact.
With its great domestic market and strong industries, China is confident of fulfilling this year’s economic and social development goals, especially the major tasks of reducing poverty and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Xi said.
Both China and the UK are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and the two countries should jointly shoulder greater responsibilities amid rising global challenges, he said.