Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on June 16, 2020
Xinhua News Agency: The Foreign Ministry announced a forthcoming Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 this morning. What’s the consideration behind China, South Africa and Senegal’s joint initiative to host this summit? What’s expected of it by China and Africa?
Zhao Lijian: President Xi Jinping will host the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 in Beijing on June 17 and deliver a keynote speech. The Extraordinary Summit, jointly proposed by China, South Africa, the rotating chair of the AU and Senegal, the co-chair of the FOCAC, will be held via videolink. Leaders of African countries including the members of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the rotating chairs of Africa’s major sub-regional organizations and the Chairperson of the AU Commission will attend upon invitation. The Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Director-General of the World Health Organization will also attend the meeting as special guests.
China attaches high importance to growing friendly cooperative relations with Africa and stays committed to forging with African countries a stronger China-Africa community with a shared future. Since COVID-19 broke out, this relationship has been further elevated as the two sides stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight.
As the pandemic continues to afflict the world, including the African continent, convening this extraordinary summit at this crucial moment demonstrates once again the China-Africa brotherhood through thick and thin. It will not only consolidate the two sides’ consensus on solidarity against the virus and promote fresh development in China-Africa cooperation, but also bolster multilateralism and boost international cooperation against COVID-19.
China stands ready to work together with other participants for a successful summit.
Global Times: Foreign media reported that with the rapid increase of new COVID-19 cases in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions, more than 20 international aid organizations and some African countries expressed their “growing concern” that there was “little or no” US assistance on the front lines. The US has pledged $10 billion for vaccine research, humanitarian assistance and emergency response, but much of it has not been delivered. People say that the US is not walking the talk. What is China’s comment?
Zhao Lijian: I have also read relevant reports. I believe that you should ask the US side about how much of its promise of assistance has been acted upon.
COVID-19 has posed grave challenges to many countries, especially those in vulnerable regions. We hope that all members of the international community, especially those in a more capable position, will pitch in more and do a better job in fulfilling responsibilities.