CCTV reporter: the unity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon for the international community to overcome the epidemic situation recently published by Xi Jinping, seeking truth magazine. In the opening article, he referred to supporting Chinas cooperation with the Gates foundation. Can you tell us something about the cooperation between China and the Gates Foundation in the fight against the epidemic?
Geng Shuang: President Xi Jinping published in the magazine seeking truth, the important article entitled unity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon for the international community to overcome the epidemic, which embodies Chinas position and proposition that the Chinese government should uphold the concept of the community of human destiny and work to promote international cooperation in anti epidemic.
The virus is the common enemy of all mankind. To fight against the epidemic and recover the economy, all countries in the world, including China and the United States, need to work together to cope with it. Novel coronavirus pneumonia is a partnership between the Chinese and international community against the new crown pneumonia epidemic. Gates foundation.
Since the outbreak, Chinese scientific research institutions and the Gates Foundation have carried out cooperative research on the pathogenesis, prevention and control of new coronavirus. Recently, the Gates Foundation also announced new donations to support the development of new coronavirus diagnostic tools, drugs and vaccines, support the World Health Organization and other international agencies to strengthen international cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, and oppose the stigmatization of the epidemic. We appreciate and welcome this.
At present, the epidemic is still spreading rapidly all over the world. China is willing to continue to work with the international community, including the Gates Foundation, to strengthen cooperation in epidemic prevention and make positive contributions to safeguarding the well-being of the worlds people and global public health and safety.
CNN: President trump said on Sunday that the United States still wants to send its own investigators to China to investigate the situation related to the epidemic, and said that the United States has been negotiating with China on this issue. On Saturday, trump said that if China is intentionally responsible for the spread of the virus, it will have to bear the consequences. In addition, on Friday, two U.S. congressmen launched a bill in Congress to allow U.S. citizens and local governments to sue the Chinese government for allegedly misleading who and causing a global outbreak. Do you have any comments?
Geng Shuang: let me answer these questions together.
Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, China has adopted the most comprehensive, strictest and thorough preventive and control measures in an open, transparent and responsible manner, so as to curb the spread and spread of the epidemic and actively cooperate in international prevention and control. China has made great sacrifice, accumulated valuable experience and made great contribution to the global anti epidemic. The international community highly appreciates Chinas anti epidemic efforts and achievements.
The virus is the common enemy of all mankind and may appear at any time and anywhere in the world. China, like other countries, has been attacked by the new coronavirus. It is the victim, not the perpetrator, and not the accomplice of the virus.
In the face of major public health crises and the threat of infectious diseases, the international community should unite and work together, instead of blaming each other or even clamoring for compensation. I dont remember that in the world.
In 2009, H1N1 influenza was first diagnosed in the United States and spread to 214 countries and regions, resulting in nearly 200000 deaths. Who asked the United States to compensate? In the 1980s, AIDS was first found in the United States and spread all over the world. I dont know how many people suffered from AIDS. Did anyone find the United States to blame? In addition, Ma Kaishuo, a professor of the National University of Singapore, said in an interview recently that the financial turmoil in the United States in 2008, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, eventually turned into a global financial crisis, who asked the United States to bear the consequences for this?
The United States must be clear that its enemies are viruses, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus if it shares a common hatred and works together. Blindly attacking and blackening other countries cant save wasted time and lost lives. It is hoped that the United States will respect facts, science, international public opinions, unjustified attacks and accusations against China, irresponsible statements, domestic anti epidemic efforts and international cooperation.
ABC: Australian Foreign Minister Payne called for the establishment of an investigation mechanism to investigate the source of the epidemic and the response of the international community, including China, and expressed serious concern about Chinas transparency. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: there is no factual basis for Australias foreign minister Paynes remarks, and China expresses serious concern and firm opposition to them.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has always adhered to an open, transparent and responsible attitude and taken a series of decisive and powerful response measures in a timely manner. China reported the outbreak to who as soon as possible, shared the gene sequence of new coronavirus with other countries as soon as possible, and carried out international cooperation among experts in epidemic prevention and control as soon as possible. Chinas performance and contribution have been generally and positively evaluated by the international community. Any doubt about the transparency of Chinas epidemic prevention and control is not consistent with the facts, but also disrespectful to the great efforts and sacrifices made by the Chinese people to prevent and control the epidemic.
China has repeatedly stressed that the source of new coronavirus is a serious scientific issue, which should be studied by scientists and medical experts. We hope that Australia will take an objective, scientific and rigorous attitude towards the source of the virus. I have just clarified Chinas position on this issue in response to CNNs questions.
Finally, I would like to say that it is hoped that relevant people from Australia will do more to benefit China Australia relations, deepen mutual trust between the two countries and help prevent and control the epidemic between the two countries, rather than following the trend of speculation with a certain country.
Hong Kong China assessment News Agency: in response to the recent arrest of 14 people suspected of organizing and participating in unauthorized assembly by Hong Kong Police, such as Li Zhiying and Li Zhuming, the US Secretary of state Peng Peio, Australian Foreign Minister Payne, spokesman of the British Foreign Ministry and other officials said that they are closely following the case. The arrest of Democrats in Hong Kong is worrying, and the right to peaceful demonstration is subject to the Sino British joint statement and Hong Kong Basic law protection. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: for the arrest actions taken by the Hong Kong SAR police in accordance with the law, some Western politicians have made accusations and even openly asked the police to cancel the charges. This is a gross interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, China, and a serious violation of the rule of law and judicial independence of Hong Kong. We strongly condemn and firmly oppose this.
Hong Kong is a society under the rule of law. No one can be above the law. The law enforcement of Hong Kong police should not be distorted. I would like to emphasize once again that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Hong Kong affairs are purely internal affairs of China, and no external forces are allowed to intervene. We urge the relevant parties to earnestly respect the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Hong Kong, stop supporting anti Chinese and anti riot elements and stop interfering in Chinas internal affairs in any way.
Tass News Agency: according to a report, French professor Montagnier, the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in medicine, said in an interview that he believed that the new coronavirus was made artificially in the laboratory, containing the gene fragment of HIV. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: the source of new coronavirus is a scientific problem, which should be studied by scientists and medical experts, not politicized.
At present, who and most of the worlds public health scientists and professionals generally believe that there is no evidence that the new coronavirus originated in the laboratory.
China Radio International: it is reported that in an interview on April 17, U.S. Secretary of state Peng Peio once again accused China of failing to report the epidemic to the international community in time. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: Recently, some American officials have repeatedly spread false statements that slander and defame Chinas prevention and control work. Their purpose is to muddle up the water and shirk their responsibility for inadequate prevention and control. But a lie is a lie no matter how many times it is repeated. China has used facts and actions to fully expose the lies of the US side.
We advise these U.S. officials to devote their energy to the prevention and control of their own epidemic, rather than trying to dump the pot everywhere, which will only cover up the whole situation and will not help alleviate the domestic epidemic in the United States, but also seriously interfere with the anti epidemic cooperation between China and the United States and damage the relations between the two countries.
China Daily: according to reports, Navarro, director of the White House Office of trade and manufacturing policy, said in an interview recently that China used the World Health Organization as a shield to hide the virus and also hoarded personal protective equipment for huge profits. What is Chinas comment on this?
Obvious to people: since novel coronavirus pneumonia has occurred, China has always been open, transparent and responsible to inform the WHO and the international community, including the United States, to inform the international community of the epidemic situation, to actively carry out international cooperation and to provide support and donations to other countries as far as possible.
To say that China hoards personal protective equipment is absolutely wrong and wrong. Just take Chinas anti epidemic supplies to the United States as an example. His lies are completely self-evident. According to incomplete statistics of Chinese customs, from March 1 to April 17, China provided the United States with 1.864 billion masks, 258 million pairs of medical and other gloves, 29.19 million sets of medical protective clothing, 3.13 million pairs of goggles, 156 invasive ventilators and 4254 non-invasive ventilators. The convenience that China provides for American procurement in China and the contributions that all circles of China provide to American society are generally praised by all circles of the United States.
We advise the people of Navarro to stop playing tricks of rumor and blame immediately and focus on dealing with the domestic epidemic.
Shenzhen satellite TV: US officials such as US President trump and Secretary of state Peng Peio have repeatedly spread the opinion that the so-called new coronavirus originated from the Wuhan Institute of viruses in China and said that an investigation should be carried out. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: we have pointed out many times that the source of new coronavirus is a scientific problem, which should be studied by scientists and medical experts, and should not be politicized.
At present, scientists and professionals in the field of public health in who and most countries, including the United States, generally agree that there is no evidence that the new coronavirus originated in the laboratory.
Yesterday, in an interview with the media, the head of the Wuhan Virus Research Institute explicitly denied the untruthful statements made by the US side. He stressed that all the strict management systems of Wuhan virus research have no evidence and logic, and are completely subjective conjectures. No one in the staff of Wuhan virus Institute is infected with the new coronavirus, and they are devoting themselves to scientific research. The irresponsible spreading of conspiracy theories by individual Americans will only interfere with scientific research and damage the cooperation between Chinese and American scientists.
We ask some people on the US side to respect facts, science and international public opinion. These people should realize that their enemy is the virus, not China. Their urgent task is to focus on the prevention and control of domestic epidemics and strengthen international cooperation in the fight against epidemics, rather than attacking China and shirking responsibility.
Tass News Agency: according to Xinhua news, sun Lijun, Vice Minister of public security of China, is being examined and investigated on suspicion of serious violations of discipline and laws. It is reported that sun Lijun was one of the members of the central steering group sent to Hubei during the outbreak and worked in Hubei from February to March. Is his investigation related to his work in Hubei?
Geng Shuang: China has released information about sun Lijun, Vice Minister of the Ministry of public security, accepting disciplinary review and supervision and investigation. I have no further information here.
AFP: according to the UN documents, despite the UN Security Councils sanctions against North Korea, North Koreas coal and oil exports increased significantly in 2019, which was obviously achieved with the help of Chinese shipping companies. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: my colleague answered this question last week. I will not start here, but simply reiterate that in implementing the Security Council resolutions related to North Korea, China has always conscientiously fulfilled its international obligations and dealt with relevant issues in accordance with the provisions of the resolutions.
Reuters: according to reports from Vietnam, the establishment of Sansha municipal district by China has seriously violated Vietnams sovereignty. What is Chinas comment on this?
Geng Shuang: with the approval of the State Council, Xisha district and Nansha District are established in Sansha City, Hainan Province, China. This is the normal administrative division of China, and it is within the scope of Chinas sovereignty. This is conducive to improving the administrative level of Sansha city and promoting the coordinated development of economic construction and ecological environment protection of Sansha city.
China has sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, and has sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the relevant sea areas and their seabed and subsoil. According to domestic laws and regulations, the Chinese government selects and publishes the names of some Xisha and Nansha Islands and reefs as well as the names of undersea places in the sea areas under its jurisdiction, which is a normal and routine measure for China to strengthen and standardize its marine management in accordance with law and in line with international law and practices.
China has always firmly opposed Vietnams words and actions that undermine Chinas sovereignty and rights in the South China Sea, and will continue to take necessary measures to firmly safeguard Chinas sovereignty and rights.