Xi: China willing to work with all countries including U.S. on fighting against COVID-19 pandemic
Updated 16:44, 27-Mar-2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China is willing to work with all parties, including the United States, on fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Xi made the remarks on a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, at the invitation of the U.S. side, on Friday. 

China has been sharing information on COVID-19 in an open, transparent and responsible manner with the World Health Organization and countries including the United States since the onset of the epidemic, Xi said.

China wasted no time in releasing such information as the genetic sequence of the virus, and has also been sharing experience on COVID-19 prevention, containment and treatment without reservation, and providing as much support and assistance as it can for countries in need, Xi added.

China will continue to do so, and work with the international community to prevail over the pandemic, Xi said.

Trump said on his twitter account that he had a "very good conversation" with his Chinese counterpart.

He said they discussed in "great detail" about the coronavirus and that "China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus."

"We are working closely together. Much respect!"

Speaking of the global spread of COVID-19, Xi said viruses know no borders or races, and they are a common enemy of humankind.

Only by making a collective response can the international community defeat them, added Xi.