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Ambassador WU Xi Give Interview to STUFF on Coronavirus Epidemic

On February 1st, Ambassador WU Xi give interview to stuff on coronavirus epidemic.

1. What is she hearing about coronavirus? What are her concerns?

Prevention and control of the novel coronavirus epidemic has become the most important work in China now. Since the outbreak of epidemic, the Chinese government has mobilized the whole country and has taken the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures with a high sense of responsibility for people's health. Many of these measures go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations. Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government and people are making an all-out effort to fight the virus. We are fully confident and capable of winning this battle of epidemic prevention and control.

At the same time, The Chinese government has released information about the epidemic in a timely, open, transparent and responsible manner, responded to concerns of all sides, and enhanced cooperation with the international community. The World Health Organization (WHO) and many countries fully affirm and highly appraise China’s efforts. WHO has commended that the measures China has taken are good not only for China but also for the rest of the world. China is ready to work with the WHO as well as the international community to fight against this epidemic.

We hope the international community can understand and support China's work in preventing and containing the epidemic, continue to assess the epidemic situation in an objective, just, calm and reasonable way and work with China to safeguard regional and international public health.

2. Doe she think enough is being done in NZ to help those stuck in Wuhan and to protect Kiwis in NZ?

On Jan. 23, China locked down Wuhan, the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak. This unprecedented effort and comprehensive deployment has been made to curb the spread of the new infectious disease. Ever since the lock down, the local government has made every effort to provide help and assistance to foreign citizens in Wuhan, including NZ citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of Foreign Affairs of Hubei Province have held two briefings on the situation and measures that have been taken. We will continue to work with the NZ government to provide help and assistance in a timely manner and jointly fight against the epidemic.

3. Has anyone in (Wuhan or NZ) reached out to her for help or with concerns?

We pay close attention to the development of the epidemic, maintain close communication with Chinese citizens in NZ, and make every effort to protect their health and safety. The Embassy has posted several consular notices on our website and social media account to provide information for self-protection and local health hotline numbers for emergencies. The Chinese government has opened the 24-hour consular hotline,which a lot of Chinese citizens have called. The Embassy and Consulates Generals in NZ have been keeping in very close touch with Chinese citizens in NZ through our own consular channels and will do our best to help them.

At the same time, China always protects the legitimate rights and interests of foreign citizens in China. We have provided accurate and comprehensive information about the epidemic to foreign diplomatic missions in China and we are working with the NZ government to provide NZ citizens in China with necessary assistance and facilitation.

4. Does she have a message for Chinese living / studying / holidaying in NZ?

The Chinese Embassy advises the Chinese citizens in NZ to earnestly raise their awareness of the epidemic, carefully monitor their health condition, strictly follow the guidance and instructions of the NZ health administrations while they are in New Zealand. In case of emergencies, call the local health hotline and seek medical advice. They can always call the Embassy and Consulates-general and we will provide consular protection and assistance.

5. What does she make of the racism being directed at Chinese people as a result of coronavirus? Anything else she would like to say on the topic?

When spreading itself, the virus will not distinguish people from different ethnic background. Pandemic disease is a common enemy of the human kind. People from all ethnic background should be united to fight against the epidemic, safeguarding regional and international public health.

China has the confidence and capability to control and win the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic. Our efforts so far have received praises from international community and WHO. Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO said that the speed with which China detected the outbreak, isolated the virus, sequenced the genome and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive and beyond words. The Chinese government is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to control the outbreak, despite the severe social and economic impact those measures are having on the Chinese people. Although the outbreak has become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, WHO does not recommend limiting trade and travel.”

We hope the international community will follow the guidance of WHO, understand and support China's work in preventing and containing the epidemic and work with China to safeguard regional and international public health.

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