Chinese aid hailed as nations reel,From Europe to South America, help and expertise are being welcomed

Filed under: All News,more news,Opinion,RECENT POSTS,Somali news |


Some 130 tons of protective gear is unloaded from an Austrian Airline airplane that arrived from China at Vienna Airport in Schwechat, Lower Austria on Monday. The cargo is bound for Italy. GEORG HOCHMUTH/AFP

BRUSSELS-China, emerging from the most difficult period in its own battle against the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, has been standing with the world at a time when the pandemic is rapidly spreading worldwide.

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said on Monday that Chinese help to Italy and elsewhere in Europe is welcome.

“We have to strengthen cooperation. This is the time to strengthen multilateralism in order to face together a threat to the whole of mankind,” Borrell said.

Borrell said that in the beginning, China was the most affected country, and Europeans “were sending a lot of help to China, because at that time we had the resources and China had the need and we were helping China”.

“Now China is in that situation and can return the help that we gave to China several weeks ago. And all help is welcome,” he said.

Italy is Europe’s hardest-hit nation. On March 12, one day before the World Health Organization announced that Europe had become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of nine Chinese aid professionals arrived in Rome with tons of medical supplies including 700 ventilators, monitors and defibrillators, as part of China’s efforts to help Italy contain the outbreak.

“This evening I wanted to show you the first aid that arrived from China,” Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio said during an emotional speech in a Facebook live broadcast, shortly after the Chinese team’s landing. He pointed to his laptop that showed a group of Chinese nationals getting off the plane.

“These are the specialized medical staff who faced the coronavirus emergency in China, and at this moment have arrived in Rome,” Di Maio said. “This is what we call solidarity.”

The group, organized by China’s National Health Commission and the Red Cross Society, is the third expert team sent abroad by China following previous ones to Iran and Iraq.

Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian (left) and Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng (center) greet the seven-member expert team from China at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday. MAO PENGFEI/XINHUA

Vucic said that the Chinese experts were satisfied with the measures adopted so far by the Serbian authorities and with the therapeutic protocols, and said that they will also help with regard to traditional Chinese medicine, where it proved effective.

Vucic said that Serbia has received a significant number of ventilators from China as a donation, and purchased some more from China too, “because they couldn’t be bought anywhere else”.

In Ecuador, a ceremony was held at the Chinese embassy on Monday in which it was announced that the Chinese government will donate epidemic relief materials to the Ecuador government. Otto Sonnenholzner, Ecuador’s vice-president, attended the ceremony.

Sonnenholzner said that China is the first country to provide supplies to Ecuador, which can be described as a timely assistance. Ecuador attaches great importance to learning from China’s valuable experience with epidemics and hopes to curb the outbreak as soon as possible.

In Asia, a team of Chinese medical experts arrived in Cambodia on Monday morning to help the country fight COVID-19. The team also carried medical supplies, including N95 face masks, surgical masks, disposable latex gloves and protective clothing.

Cambodia is the first Southeast Asian country to have received a Chinese team of medical experts to join its fight against the virus.

Chinese enterprises and private institutions are also actively providing support to other countries.

On Monday, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation announced plans to donate medical supplies to 24 Latin American countries to help in their battle against the spread of the virus.

A total of 2 million masks, 400,000 test kits and 104 ventilators will be donated to 24 Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru.

“We will ship long-distance, and we will hurry! WE ARE ONE!” said business leader Jack Ma, who announced the pledges through his Twitter account