WHO official praises China for sharing experience to combat COVID-19

In an effort to jointly fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, China has sent multiple medical teams to different countries to share its experience, and it’s very important that China shares its experience and provides help to other countries, said Takeshi Kasai, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Western Pacific, on Tuesday.

Kasai said under the current situation of the epidemic, any lifting of lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus must be gradual, and if restrictions were to be relaxed too soon, there would be a resurgence of infections, according to a Reuters report.

Regarding the source of the novel coronavirus, Kasai said that relevant research indicates that the virus may have originated in bats and spread to humans, but the work to trace the source of the virus is still in progress, and there is no conclusion.

However, China makes solemn representations with Vietnam over South China Sea

On Tuesday made solemn representations with Vietnam for its attempts to challenge China’s sovereignty, rights and interests in South China Sea.

Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, confirmed that China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations on Friday sent a diplomatic note to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to restate it’s stand on the issue, at a regular press briefing.

The move came after Vietnam sent multiple diplomatic notes starting late March to the UN Secretary-General, making “illegal claims” accusing China infringed its “sovereignty and jurisdiction rights” over South China Sea.

On Sunday, Vietnam also protested against China’s establishment of two districts, Xisha District and Nansha District, in Sansha City, southernmost China’s Hainan Province, in the name of the sovereignty concerns.

The spokesperson said that Vietnam’s claims are “wrongful,” stressing that the two districts are inherent territories in historical and legal terms.

Geng further underlined that China claims sovereignty and jurisdiction rights in certain parts of South China Sea in accordance with international laws that include UN Convention of the Law on the Sea.

“Efforts by any country trying to violate China’s sovereignty and interests in South China Sea and advancing illegal claims will go in vein,” the spokesperson said, adding “We will take any necessary measures to defend its sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea.”



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