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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Remarks on Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama's Address to the Press
2020-04-18 19:10

CNR: Nigerian foreign minister reportedly spoke positively about China's progress in fighting COVID-19 to the press and expressed appreciation for the measures China has taken to properly address issues concerning African citizens in Guangzhou. Could you comment on this and update us on China-Africa anti-epidemic cooperation?

Zhao Lijian: When meeting with the press recently, Nigerian foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama commended China's epidemic response, thanked China for its support for Nigeria, called on the Nigerian people to take an objective and rational view on the situation of some African nationals in Guangdong, and made some clarifications. We have noted that many African foreign ministers, ambassadors to China, and consuls-general in Guangzhou have shown understanding to Guangdong's anti-epidemic measures, acknowledged China's prompt action to address concerns raised by the African side, and asked their nationals to comply with local anti-epidemic rules.

China and Africa are a community with a shared future through thick and thin. At the critical moments in our battle against the virus, African brothers offered us strong support. Now we are closely following the spread of the epidemic in Africa. The two medical teams sent by the Chinese government to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso have both arrived yesterday. Going forward, we will send out more medical experts to Africa and provide urgently-needed medical supplies to the best of our ability in support of Africa's epidemic response efforts. We are convinced that the China-Africa friendship will be further cemented as we work hand in hand to overcome the virus.

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