|Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi Speaks to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the Phone|
On 16 March, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, took a phone call from US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo.
Yang noted that thanks to the massive efforts of all Chinese people under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, who himself has been taking charge of the nationwide response, the epidemic situation in China is turning steadily for the better. This fully reflects the strengths of the CPC's leadership and the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics. We have full confidence, capacity and determination to triumph over the epidemic.
Yang emphasized that since the start of the outbreak, the Chinese side has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner in sharing timely information with WHO and the global community, including the US. China is also collaborating with countries around the world and providing assistance and support to countries involved as its ability permits. China's efforts have been highly commended by the international community. It is the common view that China's efforts and progress have bought precious time for the world and thus contributed significantly to the global fight against the virus.
Yang pointed out that some US political figures have kept discrediting China and China's epidemic response and stigmatizing China. This has outraged the Chinese people. The Chinese side expresses its firm opposition and strong condemnation. The US side should immediately correct its mistakes and stop making groundless accusations against China. China has made it clear to the US side: any scheme to slander and smear China has no chance of success; any action that harms China's interests will be pushed back firmly and resolutely.
Yang pointed out that the most urgent task for the international community is to work together on epidemic response. China urges the US to bear in mind the common interests and expectations of the people in China, the US and the world at large, and step up communication and cooperation with China and other members of the international community to uphold international public health security.