CIIS Releases the "China and the World" Report Series, No.4

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese government has paid close attention to epidemic prevention and control. The country has witnessed full-scale national mobilization and a high level of unity. China managed to implement comprehensive, strict and thorough measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, thus effectively having the epidemic under control in a relatively short period of time. Eurasian countries have given credits to China for its infection prevention and control. As President of Kazakhstan Tokayev indicated, the Chinese people have made impressive progress in controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19, bringing hope and confidence to the rest of the world. In response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the high-quality health care system of China and the dedication of Chinese medical workers have gradually been recognized globally. China has again demonstrated its efficient governing capabilities to address complex challenges.

In the face of the global spread of COVID-19, China has been working closely with the countries in the Eurasian region. Mutually supporting each other, China and these countries have made various achievements in countering the epidemic.

When COVID-19 first broke out in China, the Eurasian countries provided strong support for China to respond to the epidemic. The federal and local governments of Russia expressed their full support for China’s anti-epidemic efforts, with President Putin reiterating on multiple occasions that Russia will stand with China in response to the outbreak. President Lukashenko of Belarus also indicated that his country is always China’s reliable and loyal friend, and will provide full assistance for the Chinese people in countering COVID-19. Similarly, other leaders from the Eurasian countries have expressed their solicitude and support. In addition to words, these countries were the first to provide China with material assistance. The Russian government also dispatched a medical team, working with Chinese professionals to develop drugs and vaccines for the novel coronavirus. The support in aid and knowledge from the Eurasian countries has assisted China in controlling the spread of COVID-19.

As the spread of COVID-19 became largely under control in China, the Chinese government immediately shared its experience in epidemic prevention and control, and offered material and technical aid for the countries in need. This response has been given great credits by the World Health Organization and the Eurasian countries. Experts from various countries have claimed that the Chinese experience is helpful for the countries to confidently overcome COVID-19. In addition, China has provided almost all Eurasian countries with aid, including Tajikistan where no case has been reported by the time of writing. That China is now helping the Eurasian countries in return for combating COVID-19 not only contributes to containing the spread of the virus, but also indicates that China is willing to shoulder its responsibility and is always open to cooperation.

In addition to the government level, non-governmental cooperation and mutual support between China and Eurasian countries have also stood out, as demonstrated especially on media platforms. Russia’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta and the China Media Group have worked together to produce a variety of news reports and commentaries on China’s epidemic prevention and control efforts. In these articles, Russian experts countered critiques from some Western media outlets against the Chinese government’s response to the outbreak. They argued that the attacks, stemming from selfish political bias, would be detrimental to global public interests, and the “political virus” would be more damaging than the novel coronavirus. Besides on the traditional media, people of Eurasian countries have also expressed their kindness via social media and short videos. This again indicates that the virus has no nationality, and neither does love.

The cooperation between China and Eurasian countries in countering COVID-19 has made outstanding progress. As the Eurasian countries have implemented proactive and effective measures in response to the virus, the impacts have been relatively controllable. The course of cooperation between China and Eurasian countries demonstrates fully that China has been transparent and open in sharing its knowledge about the epidemic, and that the outbreak can be put under control as long as a country attaches importance to efficient response.

The spreading epidemic of COVID-19 clearly indicates that the disease has no nationality. Countries are all so interconnected that none of them could sit idly by in a crisis. Therefore, countries must come together to fight against the epidemic, facing the challenge as one. The global spread of COVID-19 has powerfully demonstrated that a community with a shared future for mankind is not a concept built on sand. The effectiveness of multilateral cooperation in combating the coronavirus has also contextualized the substantial need of constructing such a community into reality.

In this regard, CIIS has recently set up a research group chaired by President Qi Zhenhong to closely follow the COVID-19 pandemic and conduct relative researches. Hereby, we are releasing the fourth edition of the report series: Mutual Assistance Between China and Eurasia in the Face of COVID-19.

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