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Embassy Spokesperson's Letter to The Guardian on its report on China's combating COVID-19
2020/04/06

On 29 March, the website of The Guardian published a report saying that "China's misinformation blitz around Covid-19 outbreak" has led to "lack of testing" in the UK, and British government officials "are furious over China's campaign of misinformation" and "demand an urgent review" of Britain's relationship with China. The spokesperson of Chinese Embassy has written a letter to the newspaper to elaborate China's position. The full text is as follows:

Your report (29 March ) is inconsistent with the facts and the accusations mentioned in it are groundless. They completely disregard the tremendous efforts and huge sacrifice of China and its people in the battle against COVID-19, and deny China's significant contribution to global public health and safety. We are shocked and deeply concerned.

Here is the truth: After the outbreak of Covid-19, China wasted no time in identifying the pathogen of the virus, sharing the genetic sequence with the World Health Organization, taking the most effective, strict and comprehensive measures to contain the spread of the disease, sharing experience with other countries in need and providing assistance to more than 120 countries, including the UK and 4 international organizations. These efforts and contribution of China should not be distorted or defamed. As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said, China "deserves our gratitude and respect" and China's experience is "worth learning".

The Chinese Embassy in UK has expressed grave concern to the British side regarding those claims and remarks, and has urged the latter to clarify. Senior officials of the British government have replied that the reported remarks do not represent government position, and that the British side speaks highly of China's contribution to the global response to Covid-19 and regards China-UK relationship as fundamentally important.

I would like to emphasize that the virus respects no borders, nor does it distinguish between races. It is a common enemy of mankind and could be defeated only through concerted efforts of the international community. Prejudice, vilification and discrediting would only undermine the global response in the battle against COVID-19. Such action, going against the trend of win-win cooperation of our times, is bound to live in infamy. We urge relevant British media and politicians to abandon their arrogance and prejudice, take an objective view of China's efforts and achievements in combating COVID-19, and contribute positive energy to global public health and safety, instead of doing the opposite.

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