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EU's Von der Leyen thanks China for supporting fight against COVID-19

(People's Daily)    14:17, March 19, 2020

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, posted videos on Twitter on Wednesday to thank China for sending 50,000 coronavirus testing kits and more than two million surgical masks to Europe to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos were recorded in English, French and German.

She stressed that the two sides' efforts to fight COVID-19 and overcome this hard time demonstrate the good friendship and cooperation between both sides.

"I spoke today on the phone with the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang," said Von der Leyen. "We both agreed that the fight against coronavirus is a global one and that we need to support each other in times of need. "

"We are ramping up our production. We're converting new production lines. But this needs several weeks. And, in the meantime, we are grateful for support from China," she said.

She also noted that these medical materials can be shipped to Europe immediately. "Our commissioner and the Chinese trade minister are implementing this. This support is highly valued and we are grateful for it, " she added.

The EU is willing to maintain the development momentum of its relations with China, proactively advance the investment agreement negotiations, and deepen cooperation in economy, trade, and other fields, said she.

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(Web editor: He Zhuoyan, Bianji)

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