Abstract : Foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday agreed to deepen cooperation as South Asian countries are facing a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chairs a video conference of
Foreign Ministers of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and
Sri Lanka on coping with COVID-19, April 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Li Xiang)
BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) — Foreign ministers of China,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday agreed
to deepen cooperation as South Asian countries are facing a new wave of
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted a video
conference with his five counterparts, discussing efforts to consolidate
anti-coronavirus cooperation including vaccine supply, to boost
post-epidemic economic recovery, and to maintain sound international
environment for the development of all countries.
China expresses deep sympathy for the raging pandemic in India and
extends its sincere condolences to the Indian people, Wang said.
“China is ready to provide support and assistance to the Indian people at any time according to the needs of India,” Wang said.
He expressed the hope that Tuesday’s meeting, to which India was also
invited, will act as the assistance to India’s fight against the
“China will uphold the concept of a community with a shared future
for humanity, stand firmly with the people of South Asian countries, and
join hands and unite until all countries in the region eventually
prevail over the pandemic,” Wang said.
Calling on the six countries to consolidate consensus on cooperating
in the fight against COVID-19, Wang said the countries should continue
to oppose attempts of labeling the virus and politicizing the epidemic,
in order to prevent interference in international anti-epidemic
China is willing to promote vaccine cooperation with other countries
through flexible methods such as free aid, commercial procurement, and
filling and production of vaccines, under the framework of the
six-nation cooperation mechanism, so that people in South Asia can
obtain more diversified and stable vaccine supplies, according to Wang.
He said China is also willing to establish a China-South Asia
emergency supplies reserve following friendly consultations with all
On boosting the post-epidemic recovery, Wang said China proposes to
establish a China-South Asia poverty reduction and development
cooperation center to exchange experiences in poverty reduction with
In the third quarter of this year, a forum on rural e-commerce and
poverty reduction in South Asian countries and China will be held to
build a new platform for poverty reduction, he said.
Calling on all parties to maintain an international and regional
environment that is conducive to the development of all countries, Wang
said China will work with countries in the region to defend the
international system with the United Nations as the core and the
international order based on international laws, and to resist illegal
acts of interfering in other countries’ internal affairs and coercing
other countries to choose sides.
Wang’s proposals were supported by the other foreign ministers, who
said that vaccines should be distributed under the principle of fairness
and equality, instead of being monopolized by a few countries.
They spoke highly of China’s efforts in achieving availability and affordability of vaccines in developing countries.
The foreign ministers said their countries are willing to work with
China to continue to deepen the joint construction of the Belt and Road,
maintain the stability and security of the industrial and supply
chains, strengthen cooperation in non-traditional security areas such as
poverty reduction and food, and discuss measures to facilitate
personnel exchange and commodity circulation based on the regular
epidemic prevention and control.
The six foreign ministers issued a joint statement on cooperation in fighting the epidemic after the meeting. Enditem
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