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The Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada Sent A Letter to National Post, Refuting the Newspaper's stigmatizing China with COVID-19
2020/03/26

Recently, the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada sent a letter to National Post, refuting the newspaper’s stigmatizing China with COVID-19. The contents are as follows:

On March 24, National Post published a signed article by a commentator entitled“Beijing’s regime the most dangerous ‘China virus’threat”, seeking by every means to link the virus with China, Chinese government, even the Communist Party of China (CPC), and wantonly attacking and smearing China. We express strong indignation and firm opposition to this.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner in providing timely updates to WHO and the international community, sharing with them the genome sequence of the virus, and conducting medical and health cooperation with many countries to exchange experience in treatment. The WHO said recently that countries like Singapore and the ROK have made full use of the precious time China bought for the world and taken necessary prevention and control measures to contain the spread of the epidemic.

The origin of the coronavirus is a matter of science that requires professional, science-based assessment. The WHO and the international community explicitly oppose linking the virus with any specific country or region. UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently said “it is shameful to see increasing acts of racial discrimination and prejudice as we fight the COVID19 pandemic”. We firmly oppose politicizing the epidemic, labeling the virus and stigmatizing China. Denigrating China will neither alleviate certain country’s own difficulties, nor will it help the international cooperation in prevention and control of the epidemic.

The article slanders the CPC with vicious language, and its ideological prejudice made it afraid to admit and face facts other than scolding. Actually, the socialist road under the leadership of CPC is the choice of Chinese people and is supported by 1.4 billion Chinese nationals. Thanks to the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, the efficiency and responsibility of the Chinese government and the consciousness and sacrifice of the Chinese people, China curbs the rapid spread of the virus in a short period and achieve positive results in the fight against the epidemic. During this one-hearted fight against the epidemic, the Chinese people have great confidence in their government and are very proud of being in China today.

The virus exists and the affected countries and people are all victims. COVID-19 is the common challenge for mankind. Now is the moment for solidarity, for respecting facts and for fighting together. We urge National Post to abandon prejudice, respect facts, heed the reasonable voice and stop making wrongful remarks that stigmatize China.

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