The Chinese Foreign Ministry Called For Solidarity After Western Criticism Of Beijing's "Opaque Laws"
Western countries should join forces with China and other States and strive for even closer solidarity in the face of the growing new coronavirus pandemic. This was stated on Friday by Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, commenting on the frequent criticism in the West against Beijing for "non-transparency of measures" in the course of countering the spread of infection.
"The coronavirus is the enemy of all mankind, the pandemic has spread everywhere, it is a threat to the life and security of the entire world community. The countries of the world need to show solidarity at all costs and win the fight against the virus," he said at a regular briefing, answering a question from a French journalist about what Beijing thinks about the skepticism of the French leadership about the transparency of the Chinese government's actions in the fight against the pandemic.
The diplomat recalled that since the beginning of this year, Chinese President XI Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed the problem of coronavirus three times over the phone, declaring their mutual support and expressing their desire to help each other in a difficult international situation. "The leaders of the two countries at that time gave a positive assessment of the efforts made by China and France in the fight against the pandemic. <...> I remember well how on February 18, President Macron expressed his admiration for the effective measures taken by China in the fight against coronavirus, and he also approved the transparency of the Chinese side's position," Zhao Lijian said.
He added that representatives of a number of Western countries have repeatedly spoken positively about the actions of the people's Republic of China regarding the fight against the virus.