The Consulate and Indian Think Tank Co-host a Symposium on Combating COVID-19 Epidemic

On March 3, the Chinese Consulate in Mumbai and ORF (Mumbai) co-host a symposium entitled “Combating Coronavirus” in Trident Hotel, Mumbai. Mr. Sumit Mullick, Chief Information Commissioner and former Chief Secretary of Maharashtra State, Mr. Praveen Pardeshi, Municipal Commissioner of MCGM, as well as over 200 representatives from the political, business, public health sectors and think tanks participated in the symposium. Mr. Tang Guocai, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Mumbai, Deputy CG Wang Yanhua, Commercial Counsellor Liu Mingming and diplomats with the Consulate attended the event.

 

Mr. Tang briefed the audience on China's comprehensive and strict prevention and control of COVID-19 Epidemic, emphasizing that the Chinese people have made great sacrifices and set a good example for other countries in terms of combating COVID-19 epidemic. He further said that COVID-19 is the common enemy of mankind, hoping India and the international community could get rid of panic and make continuous efforts with China to fight against the epidemic.

Mr. Tang said the epidemic has impacted the Chinese economy in the short run. But the fundamentals of China’s economy remain unchanged. China is now making every effort to control the epidemic as well as stabilize its economy. We are confident to realize the set targets of social and economic development and contribute to the stable and sustainable development of world economy.

Mr. Tang pointed out that the eastern coastal area of China and the western coastal area of India are the manufacturing hubs for both countries and should take the lead in promoting the livelihood of the people. As the largest developing countries, China and India share special common responsibility in international fight against the epidemic. Both countries should further strengthen coordination and cooperation and contribute to world’s combat against the COVID-19 epidemic as a whole.

The panelists shared the view that the epidemic is the common enemy of mankind and India should learn China’s experiences in preventing and controlling the virus.

Mr. Praveen Pardeshi, Municipal Commissioner of MCGM, led his deputy in charge of public health as well as medical expert team to the symposium. They said Mumbai should learn the experiences of China in combating the epidemic and discussed on the spot the prevention plan of Mumbai in the next 2 weeks.

 

Mr. Tang gave interviews to many Indian media. Times of India, the Hindu, Free Press Journal and some other newspapers published reports on the symposium.

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