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President Xi Jinping with Prime Minister Imran Khan

 Pakistan, with a population of 220 million, currently has 1,235 confirmed cases of the virus, including 9 deaths from the illness it causes, COVID-19. Most of the infected people there were travelers returning from neighboring Iran. An emergency hospital is set up with nine hundreds beds for corona virus infected patients, in the Expo Center, Lahore, Pakistan. The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems. Most people infected by the virus only experience mild symptoms, such as fever and cough, and recover within a few weeks. But the virus can cause severe illness and death, particularly in older patients or those with underlying health problems.

 After the outbreak of China novel corona virus in China. The government of Pakistan and all sectors of society have devoted themselves to it, Donate epidemic prevention materials to China. It turns out again, “Sino-Pak friendship is higher than Himalayas, deeper than ocean, sweeter than honey, and stronger than steel”

 At present, Pakistan is facing the challenge of epidemic situation. According to the latest data released on the website of the Ministry of health of Pakistan on the 28th, Novel corona virus pneumonia confirmed cases increased to 1235 in the country.23 cases were cured,9 cases died. The United States leads in the number of COVID-19 cases with 104,007 infections confirmed so far, followed by Italy at 86,498 and China over 81,900 cases. Though the deadly infestation has been contained by the Chinese government in Wuhan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Europe as the new epicenter of the viral disease.

 To help novel corona virus pneumonia in Pakistan, The Chinese government sent an anti epidemic medical expert group to Pakistan. The expert group is established by the National Health Committee , Selected by Health Committee of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the corona virus in one of the world's most populous nations. China had previously sent ventilators and masks to Pakistan, The team of eight medical experts will assist Pakistani doctors and health experts to contain the corona virus outbreak. Along with that, considerable amount of donations from private sources in China has also arrived in Pakistan.

Group photo of Chinese Expert Team at Islamabad International Airport Pakistan

 Foreign Minister Qureshi of Pakistan welcomes members of the expert group. The team of eight medical experts will assist Pakistani doctors and health experts to contain the corona virus outbreak, .The Foreign Office said Pakistan's all-weather ally China has extended full support to the country in its fight against the deadly viral infection. The Pakistan-China All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership has acquired greater strength and depth in recent years, guided by the shared vision of (Pakistan) Prime Minister Imran Khan and (Chinese) President Xi Jinping," it said, adding that the two countries will continue to collaborate closely and coordinate relief assistance to counter the formidable challenges posed by COVID-19.The Foreign Office thanked the Chinese government for its timely support in this difficult time. “China’s assistance to Pakistan so far includes 12,000 test kits, 3,00,000 masks, 10,000 protective suits, and support to build an isolation hospital," it said. A considerable amount of donations from private sources from China has also arrived in Pakistan.

 China’s Communist party established contact with Pakistan’s ruling party. The Chinese party leaders offered complete assistance to the government in fight against the virus, said the ruling party in a statement. According to the ruling party press release, the communist party sent a letter of support to the ruling party, expressing solidarity with the Pakistani nation. In the letter, “the communist party said that China overcame the disease with united efforts and it is willing to share its expertise with Pakistan”.

 Pakistan is a key link in China’s ambitious multi-billion-dollar One Road Project linking south and central Asia with China. China is also a key military supplier for nuclear-armed Pakistan, having supplied the country with missiles capable of carrying atomic weapons. China has sought to portray itself as a global leader in the fight against the outbreak, which began a few months ago in its Wuhan province. The plane carrying aid to Pakistan has arrived on 28th March 2020. Roberto Azevedo WTO Director-General said , “This pandemic will inevitably have an enormous impact on the economy”. As China's epidemic prevention and control are continuously improving, and the trend of an accelerated restoration of normal production and life is being consolidated and expanded. China is a key driver of global economic growth, its economic performance bears great significance on the outlook of global recovery. In a strong morale and practical boost,  President Xi reaffirmed China would actively contribute to the global war against COVID-19 and a stable world economy.

 During first of it’s kind virtual G20 Summit on 27th march ,President Xi said “Guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China will be more than ready to share its good practices, conduct joint research and development of drugs and vaccines, and provide assistance where it can to countries hit by the growing outbreak”.

 Wei Jianguo, vice chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and former vice minister of Commerce said “The COVID-19 pandemic is endangering countries rich and poor, large and small, strong and weak alike". "We are now at a critical juncture of fighting the pandemic and stabilizing the global economy. China will contribute to a stable world economy by continuing to advance reform and opening-up, widen market access, improve the business environment and expand imports and outbound investment

 This the best time to initiate the BRI to maintain the basic Health supplies to the world as Chinese President Xi Jinping calls the“Health Silk Road”or I calls it “ Health care corridor”. On 21st March, a train loaded with 110,000 medical masks and 776 protective suites departed from Yiwu, in the east of China, bound for COVID-19-ravaged Spain, 17 days and 13,000 kilometers away. This was the same “Silk Road” train that made headlines transporting goods across continents, linking east and west. Today, it is moving life-saving supplies. By doing the same we can initiate the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, to supply masks and Personal protective equipment, ventilators and other life saving drugs to countries infected by COVID-19 Iran and Afghanistan through Pakistan.

 I hope the BRI will help to fight against this deadly virus, and to prevent to global economic crisis. No country is self-sufficient, no matter how powerful or advanced it may be. Trade is what allows for the efficient production and supply of basic goods and services, medical supplies and equipment, food and energy that we all need. We must comprehensively step up international cooperation and foster greater synergy so that humanity as one could win the battle against such a major infectious disease. We will get through this crisis together, Together we will lay the ground for a faster and stronger recovery because united we stand divided we fall.

 

Dr. Mirza Arbab Javaid.

CSC laureate of China Medical University & Shenyang Normal University.



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Reply Report Zorro2 2020-3-31 02:36
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Reply Report Zorro2 2020-4-2 13:50
Sino-Pak friendship is higher than Himalayas, deeper than ocean, sweeter than honey, and stronger than steel
Reply Report Zorro2 2020-4-5 09:56
No country is self-sufficient, no matter how powerful or advanced it may be.
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“China’s assistance to Pakistan so far includes 12,000 test kits, 3,00,000 masks, 10,000 protective suits, and support to build an isolation hospital," it said. A considerable amount of donations from private sources from China has also arrived in Pakistan.

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