Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong said on Tuesday that his country was moved by India’s offer to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic. He said that this was a difficult time for China. “I am feeling very emotional with the help of Indian friends. All this reminded me of the era when Dr Kotnis had saved the lives of a large number of Chinese citizens. He had great cooperation in the liberation movement of the people of China,” the ambassador said.
Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis of India helped in the treatment of the wounded Chinese soldiers during the war with Japan in 1940. Dr Kotnis died serving the Chinese people. People of China still remember him as a great man from India.
Diplomat Sun said that India had assured its northern neighbour of full cooperation in every possible manner in the fight against coronavirus. “India has offered every possible cooperation to overcome this challenge. India had helped China in 2003, too, after the outbreak of SARS. At the time, a delegation from India had met me. It was led by the then Foreign Minister George Fernandes. The delegation under his leadership visited Shanghai,” Sun recalled.
Sun said that there had always been a dialogue between India and China in times of any epidemic. He said that, recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent a letter to President of China Xi Jinping where he praised the efforts of the Chinese government in dealing with coronavirus.
Sun said that his country was working on many levels to prevent further spread of coronavirus. He expressed confidence that China would be successful in getting rid of the disease caused by the biological agent. For this, the government of China has allocated Rs 8,176 crore, he informed. The government has enough resources to deal with the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus, Sun claimed.
Coronavirus originated in Wuhan of China in December 2019, or perhaps earlier. So far, more than 72,000 people have fallen prey to it, and that is believed to be a conservative official figure. As many as 1,900 people have died of the diseases caused by the virus in China alone.
Last week, China released a list of countries providing financial help to deal with it. India was not named in the list of 57 countries China’s Foreign Ministry released on Friday. Out of these, 33 countries have given it medical help and 17 have offered it. Apart from this, seven have offered financial help.
Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri said on Sunday that China needed masks, blobs and suites for medical staff and that India was sending medical help to Beijing.