Chinese Ambassador H.E. Dr. Zhao Yanbo Holds the First Online Press Briefing on China's Fight against COVID-19 and Cooperation with the International Community

On 13th March 2020, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Dr. Zhao Yanbo held the first online press briefing on the latest updates of COVID-19, China’s prevention and control measures and relevant international cooperation.



Ambassador Zhao said with united and arduous efforts of the Chinese people, the epidemic in China has been largely contained and the dawn of the victory is around the corner. While continuing to prevent and control the epidemic, China has introduced a variety of financial and fiscal policies in support of early resumption of work and production by enterprises across the country to ensure steady economic and social development. As the world’s second largest economy, China’s economy has strong resilience with the largest middle-income population, the most complete industrial chains and the biggest market in the world. The impact of this epidemic on China’s economy is limited and short-lived. It won’t change the long-term sound development trend of China’s economy.


Ambassador Zhao pointed out that the outbreak of the epidemic in multiple places across the globe and its extensive spread demand international cooperation with concerted efforts. As an important part of the global response, China’s endeavors and progress greatly contributed to the international efforts to curb the epidemic. During this process, African countries have been standing alongside China and supporting us in various ways, which we highly appreciate. African countries are now facing high risks of imported cases and some of them have seen confirmed cases. China will support African countries as much as we can, including experience sharing, cooperation in scientific research and public health capacity building, so as to jointly safeguard regional and global public health security.


Ambassador Zhao also answered questions on China-Botswana cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, and status of Botswana citizens including students in China. He concluded by expressing his sincere thanks to the Botswana media houses for their attendance and support for this online press briefing, which served as an efficient, timely and safe platform for local media to be updated on epidemic development.


The online briefing lasted for 3 hours. 17 Botswana media houses including Daily News, Radio Botswana, Mmegi, Botswana Guardian, Botswana Gazette, Sunday Standard, the Telegraph, the Patriot, Weekend Post, Echo, the Voice, Duma FM, Yarona FM, Gabz FM and China Xinhua News participated the briefing.

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