China willing to provide medical supplies to countries in need within capacity: spokesman

EYEAFRICA TV: Xiantao City, Hubei Province, Central China: China’s Ministry of Commerce Thursday rebutted foreign media reports that the Chinese government restricts export by China-based U.S. manufacturers of masks and other medical equipment to the U.S., saying that China is willing to provide medical supplies to countries and regions in need within its capacity.

By Wednesday, 58 countries and regions, and four international organizations had signed contracts with Chinese enterprises to purchase medical supplies. And 71 countries and 10 international organizations are currently negotiating with Chinese companies on potential deals. Moreover, there are other foreign purchasers that have launched cooperation with Chinese enterprises through all sorts of channels, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng disclosed.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge to all mankind, which requires global cooperation to contain it. China is willing to do its best to provide medical supplies within its capacity to countries, regions and their people in need that are affected by the pandemic,” Gao said at a regular press conference in Beijing.

According to data from the Chinese Customs, from March 1 to April 4, the value of medical supplies exported by China reached 10.2 billion yuan (about 1.4 billion U.S. dollars), including 3.86 billion masks, 37.52 million protective suits, 2.41 million infrared thermometers, 16,000 ventilators, 2.84 million COVID-19 test kits, and 8.41 million pairs of protective eye goggles.

“We oppose the approaches of distorting facts, passing the buck and politicalizing the fight against the pandemic. We would like to work with all countries and relevant international organizations to deepen the international anti-pandemic cooperation. We hope some certain countries and politicians could abandon the adversarial thinking in the face of the pandemic, taking practical responsibilities and strengthening cooperation with the international community to jointly defeat the pandemic,” Gao said.

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