International community voices confidence in China's fight against novel coronavirus
Updated 23:04, 18-Feb-2020

China is making great efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said during his first official visit to Pakistan on Sunday, noting that he believes the epidemic will be overcome.


"It is difficult to have a quick solution," he said. "China has made a very strong and very impressive response." 

The measures put in place by the Chinese government "is a gigantic effort and we are very confident that efforts will allow for the progressive reduction of the disease,"said the UN chief.

Guterres warned stigmatization against China last Saturday on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He also called for strong international cooperation and solidarity on fighting the virus, saying stigma against China due to the virus spread is inappropriate.

A laboratory in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province, February 9, 2020. /Xinhua Photo

A laboratory in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province, February 9, 2020. /Xinhua Photo

African countries stand firmly with Chinese people

Liberian President George Weah expressed confidence that the Chinese people will surely win the battle against the outbreak and voiced his support for China.

The president expressed his deep sympathy for the Chinese people in his letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He said that the Liberian government and people always bear in mind the selfless help provided by China when the Ebola epidemic hit his country.

Madagascar's Foreign Minister Naina Andriantsitohaina appreciated the determination and efforts of the Chinese government and people in the fight against the epidemic.

Madagascar's government expresses its firm support for and solidarity with the Chinese government and people, wishing that China overcomes the epidemic as soon as possible, he said.

Europeans should pay homage to China

Noting that millions of Chinese people are staying at home in order to block the source of infection, German Former President Christian Wulff on Monday urged Germans and Europeans to pay homage to the Chinese people and stand firmly with them. 

He made his remarks while attending a symposium on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). He said holding such symposiums shows Europe's confidence in China's success to win the battle against the epidemic. 

Wulff noted that the BRI has brought a win-win situation to Europe and called for maintaining and strengthening cooperation with China in various fields.