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Xi Jinping assures Modi to assist India in fighting COVID-19 pandemic

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered to assist India in fighting the escalating new wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Xi said China is willing to strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation with India, and provide support and help to the country.

Noting that he is very concerned about the pandemic situation in India, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and people as well as in his own name, expressed sincere sympathies to the Indian government and people.

“China is willing to enhance cooperation with India on fighting COVID-19 and provide support and assistance to India,” state media quoted Xi as saying.

In the message, Xi said he believes that under the leadership of the Indian government, its people will surely overcome the pandemic.

This is the second straight day China has offered its help to India.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China firmly supports the Indian government and people in their fight against the pandemic.

In a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Wang said China-produced anti-virus supplies are entering India at a faster pace and that Beijing will continue to maximize its efforts to provide support and help in accordance with India’s requests.

It is hoped and believed that Indian people will, under the leadership of their government, achieve an early victory against COVID-19, he said.

Also, on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reiterated China’s willingness to support India.

According to the spokesperson, China has exported over 26,000 oxygen concentrators and respirators, 15,000 bedside monitors and a total of 3,800 tonnes of medicinal materials and medicines to India.

Wang assured the normal operation of cargo flights between the two countries, adding that relevant companies are working around the clock to provide enough medical supplies for India.

He also noted that Chinese customs will also provide convenience for clearance and transport.

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