President Xi Jinping Attends Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit and Delivers Important Remarks

On the evening of 26 March, President Xi Jinping attended the Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit on COVID-19 in Beijing and delivered important remarks entitled "Working Together to Defeat the COVID-19 Outbreak".

Xi stressed that facing the COVID-19 outbreak that caught us all by surprise, the Chinese government and Chinese people have been undaunted as we took on this formidable task. From day one of our fight against the outbreak, we have put people's life and health first. We have acted according to the overall principle of shoring up confidence, strengthening unity, ensuring science-based control and treatment and imposing targeted measures. We have mobilized the whole nation, set up collective control and treatment mechanisms and acted with openness and transparency. What we fought was a people's war against the outbreak. We have put up a strenuous struggle and made tremendous sacrifices. Now the situation in China is moving steadily in a positive direction. Life and work are quickly returning to normal. Yet, there is no way we will lower our guard or relax control. As we speak, the COVID-19 outbreak is spreading worldwide. At such a moment, it is imperative for the international community to strengthen confidence, act with unity and work together in a collective response so that humanity as one could win the battle against such a major infectious disease. Guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China will be more than ready to provide assistance where we can to other countries and contribute to a stable world economy.

The summit was chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the G20 presidency this year. It was attended by the leaders of G20 members and some invited countries and heads of the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and some other international organizations.

All parties shared the view that the fast spreading outbreak has not only seriously undermined global public health security but also brought enormous negative impacts in economic, financial and political terms. In the face of this common crisis for humanity, no country can stay immune. Now is the time more than ever that the international community needs solidarity and cooperation. It is imperative to take prompt, coordinated and robust actions to effectively stem the spread of the virus, strengthen joint research and development of drugs and vaccines, enhance the treatment of those affected and protect the lives and health of people. They called for effective fiscal and monetary policies to keep global supply chains safe and stable, maintain global financial stability, spur an early recovery of the world economy, and minimize the economic and social damage caused by COVID-19. All parties expressed support for the leading role of WHO and committed to help developing countries and vulnerable groups enhance preparedness and response capacity.

The summit released a statement on COVID-19.

The summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia via video link, was aimed at promoting global cooperation on fighting the epidemic and stabilizing the world economy.

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