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China urges US to respond ‘reasonably’ to coronavirus outbreak

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged US President Donald Trump to respond “reasonably” to the coronavirus outbreak, saying Beijing is doing all it can to contain the epidemic.

In a phone conversation with his US counterpart on Friday, Xi said China was “fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic”.

He said “the long-term trend of China’s economic development for the better will not change” under the brunt of the epidemic, Chinese national broadcaster CCTV reported.

Xi called the fight to contain the new coronavirus a “people’s war”, saying China has implemented “nationwide mobilization, comprehensive deployment and rapid response” along with “the strictest prevention and control measures” against the virus.

Xi’s comments came after China accused the United States of spreading fear over the epidemic by pulling Americans out of the Asian country and enforcing travel restrictions instead of providing aid to Beijing in curbing the killer infection.

Argentine Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia said on Thursday China’s response to the epidemic was prompt and the prevention and control measures were appropriate.

Sazaly Abu Bakar, a senior professor at the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Center at University of Malaya, also spoke highly of China’s efforts in timely reporting and sharing the information about the virus.

Bakar who is also the director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Arbovirus Reference and Research showed his support for the Chinese government’s decisive measures to deal with the epidemic.

On Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif praised China for taking “successful” measures to contain the outbreak and denounced US attempts to exploit the health crisis.

Zarif told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that Iran was willing to work together with China to combat the epidemic caused by the coronavirus.

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