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Remarks of the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada on the Globe and Mail's Skepticism about China's Official COVID-19 Numbers

Recently, the Globe and Mail published a signed article by a commentator titled “Why would we trust China’s official COVID-19 numbers?”. The article slanders that the Chinese government hides facts through a disinformation campaign in the midst of the outbreak. By citing certain politicians’ irresponsible remarks, it smears that “the true number of COVID-19 deaths in China is several thousand more than the official figure of approximately 3300 people”. The above report is completely inconsistent with the facts. We deplore and strongly oppose that.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has acted in an open, transparent and highly responsible manner in timely releasing the related data, covering the number of diagnosed, suspected, severe, cured, dead and quarantined. On April 1, a senior WHO official refuted unwarranted accusations on “China’s untransparent data” in a press conference in Geneva. Recently, the journal Science published a paper by researchers in the United States, the UK and other countries saying that China’s control measures worked by successfully breaking the chain of transmission and bought other countries valuable time. China has been making tremendous contributions and sacrifices to fight against the pandemic and this is highly spoken of by the international community.

The article views that the US is a democratic state and China is a country led by the Communist government, leading to a ridiculous conclusion that the data of the US is more transparent than that of China. It even has no courage to face the facts that the numbers of infections and deaths of COVID-19 now in the US all surpass that of China, and wishfully believes that the US did better than China in responding to the epidemic. This is a naked double standard.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) comes from the people and serves the people. It is under the leadership of the CPC that the Chinese people achieved independence, freedom and liberation, and made enormous progress in national development. Faced with the spread of COVID-19, under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping and the CPC, all those infected got free testing and treatment at the earliest time possible. Our arduous efforts yielded remarkable results within two months, and the life and health of all 1.4 billion Chinese people has been protected to the highest extent possible. As the CPC has been dedicated to wholeheartedly serving the people, its domestic support rate has remained on top of public opinion polls conducted by well known companies for many consecutive years. Some persons are just wasting their time and energy to try to drive a wedge between the CPC and the Chinese people.

We urge the Globe and Mail to abandon prejudice, respect facts, and stop making irresponsible remarks against China’s efforts to fight against COVID-19.

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