|President Xi Jinping Speaks by Phone with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro|
President Xi Jinping took a phone call from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on the evening of 24 March.
On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi extended sincere sympathies and firm support to the Brazilian government and people over their fight against COVID-19. Noting the outbreak in various parts of the world and its rapid spread, Xi underscored the pressing need for greater international cooperation. Guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China has been acting responsibly in the spirit of openness and transparency. It has provided timely updates of epidemic information, shared with WHO and the international community its mitigation, treatment and control experience without any reservation, and done its best to help others.
Xi said that he has been following the outbreak in Brazil closely and hopes that Brazil will contain the spread as soon as possible. Earlier in the day, China and Latin American and Caribbean countries including Brazil held a video conference on epidemic prevention and control. China is ready to do what it can to help Brazil and contribute to the global efforts of curbing the spread of the virus.
Xi stressed that most people around the world have recognized China's enormous sacrifices in fighting the outbreak COVID-19 and buying precious time for the rest of the world. As comprehensive strategic partners, China and Brazil need to maintain strategic commitment, support each other on their core interests and major concerns, and jointly send to the international community a message of solidarity and a positive signal that we are in this battle together. It is also important for the two countries to enhance practical cooperation in various fields, and step up communication and coordination within multilateral frameworks such as the G20 and BRICS, with a view to ensuring the sound growth of China-Brazil comprehensive strategic partnership. Xi expressed his confidence that the two countries will ultimately defeat the virus hand in hand and elevate bilateral cooperation on all fronts to a higher level.
Bolsonaro talked about the spread of COVID-19 in Brazil. He thanked China for facilitating Brazil's purchase of medical supplies, and requested more experience sharing and cooperation with China to help Brazil contain the spreading virus at home at an early date. He saluted the great Chinese people and reiterated that the friendship and the comprehensive strategic partnership between Brazil and China are indestructible. He expressed readiness for closer bilateral cooperation and for better communication and coordination within the G20 and other multilateral frameworks to contribute to the global fight against the pandemic and the economic rebound in the world.