|State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Speaks on the Phone with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar|
On 24 March, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Wang expressed appreciation to the Indian side for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's letter of sympathy to President Xi Jinping and India's help to the Chinese people when China was at a critical moment in battling COVID-19. Now the virus is breaking out in multiple countries, and the number of confirmed cases in India is rising. China extends its sincere sympathy to India, commends India's response and its effectiveness, and has confidence that the Indian people will manage the epidemic and achieve an early victory under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. As a friend and neighbor, China will continue to share its experience and provide help to the best of its ability to reciprocate India's kindness.
Wang said that China and India, as the only two countries with a population of more than one billion, need to continue to support each other and overcome the difficulties brought by the virus together. China is also ready to step up cooperation with India within the G20, BRICS and other frameworks to push for stronger international unity and coordination and jointly uphold regional and global public health security.
Jaishankar shared with Wang India's comprehensive and rigorous efforts to stem the spread of the virus and reduce its impact on the economy. India thanks China for its expression of sympathy and assistance of medical supplies. It commends China's remarkable achievements in epidemic control, and is ready to learn from China's experience. India does not approve of any labeling of the virus, and believes that at this challenging moment in battling the virus, the international community needs to send a positive message of unity, resolve and strength.