China calls for enhanced G20 cooperation amid COVID-19 outbreak
Updated 11:36, 27-Mar-2020

China called for enhanced international cooperation and coordination amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday at a press conference on G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders' Summit on COVID-19.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the summit via video conference, the first video summit in the history of G20 and the first major multilateral event President Xi attended since the outbreak, from Beijing. The summit focused on coordinating a global response to the tragedy.

Wang Xiaolong, Director General of the Department of International Economic Affairs of Chinese Foreign Ministry, briefed the reporters.

During the summit, G20 leaders agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic respects no borders and no country can stay immune to the disease, calling for greater solidarity in tackling the common threat.

The summit acknowledged the importance of international cooperation in containing the spread of COVID-19 and pledged to do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic, calling it the absolute priority in the current situation.

"All the leaders agreed to focus on consensus building, on cooperation to contain the spread of the virus, and to stabilize all respective economies and global economy," said Wang.

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Wang also reiterated China's contribution to the containment, stressing that China is ready to work with other countries to contribute to a stable world economy.

According to Wang, President Xi's remarks resonated strongly with other G20 leaders and contributed to a very positive and constructive discussion at the meeting.

The G20 leaders have agreed to inject a total of five trillion U.S. dollars into the global economy for supporting worldwide efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and offsetting its negative impacts. China has pledged to contribute 344 billion U.S. dollars, Wang noted.

Wang said China was happy with the outcome of the G20 video summit, and that it was looking forward to working with relevant parties and organizations to translate it all into concrete actions.

So far, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 520,000 worldwide, with over 23,000 deaths.