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Xi's remarks on epidemic control, economic development offer experience, encouragement for int'l cooperation

(Xinhua)    09:30, February 26, 2020

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Scholars around the world said Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech on Sunday has shared China's experience in fighting COVID-19 and encouraged the world to work closely together.

In his speech, Xi stressed unremitting efforts in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus disease and coordination in advancing economic and social development.

China's unprecedented public health responses to the COVID-19 outbreak have yielded notable results in blocking human-to-human transmission of the virus, preventing or at least delaying hundreds of thousands of cases, said a joint expert team consisting of experts from China and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The assessment was given at a press conference on Monday in Beijing after the 25-member team conducted a nine-day field study trip in China's Beijing, Guangdong, Sichuan and Hubei.

China has also played a critical role in protecting the international community, buying precious time for countries to adopt active prevention and control measures and providing them with valuable experience, the team said.

Jannie Rossouw, head of School of Economic and Business Sciences at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, told Xinhua that he thinks the Chinese government has done well to curb the infections, and other countries could "put on similar efforts."

"The (Chinese) government has given others an example on how to deal and to take control of a health crisis and to put required resources to contain further spreading of the virus," Rossouw said.

"This virus has no border, so it's important for all the countries to come together," he said, urging the international community to "communicate and work with the WHO on whatever that should be done to curb cases and contain it."

Zhang Hongbo, professor at Japan's Meiji Gakuin University, said one of China's experiences he noticed was that "the management system of high efficiency and superiority is reflected in the timely establishment of top leadership directly involved in the guide of the emergency response teams and the departments at all levels."

The professor also stressed "professional instruction and research" conducted by the experts in China to control the spread of the epidemic.

A community with a shared future needs "a more positive attitude to build a government-led public health and economic security system," he said.

"The Chinese government's response to the virus problem is very strong and thorough, which is also of great significance to Japan," said Ryuji Ishida, a researcher at International Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University in Japan, who has been living in Dalian, northeastern China's Liaoning Province since the beginning of January.

"Such thorough measures have done a good job of controlling the spread of the disease," he said.

"In the face of unknown risks, we feel the existence of a community with a shared future for mankind," the researcher said. "There is a need to share countermeasures and information globally."

On the COVID-19 impact on the economic front, Swaran Singh, professor at the Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament at India's Jawaharlal Nehru University, said that despite the temporary slowdown of the economy, China is well positioned to cope with it.

"The Chinese people's all-out efforts to fight the disease will win the final victory," he said. "I have every confidence that the Chinese economy is going to bounce back."

"I think that Chinese efforts for the recovery of the economy are considerable while maintaining efforts on the prevention and control of the epidemic," said Harold Parisot, founder and president of the Paris-based Chinese Business Club, which aims to develop and strengthen the economic and friendly link between China and France.

"We cannot predict its duration or extent. It is therefore imperative to unite against this epidemic by joining our efforts at the global level and by sharing our progress in the fight against COVID-19," he said.

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