The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis. It has almost completely changed the way people live and has become a serious challenge foráhumanity this century.
For the first time ináat least 100 years, the world is facing a global crisis that will change economic, political and social realities dramatically.
In this difficult situation, global solidarity and international cooperation are the only right choices toámitigate the impact ofáthese massive challenges.
At the same time, amidáthe pandemic, the atmosphere ofáanxiety and the quarantine measures have been used toáspread Sinophobia and influence the public and individual psyche byáspreading conspiracy theories aboutáthe origin ofáthe virus.
We must first refrain fromápoliticizing the topic ofáthe coronavirus pandemic, which is a challenge toáthe entire international community and requires concerted action byáall states. In addition, the efforts ofáthe World Health Organization toáfight the virus should be fully supported.
In recent days, the WHO's activities have come underáscrutiny fromáthe world community. It is a matter ofáconcern that some countries question the effectiveness ofáits work.
The joint statement adopted atáthe extraordinary virtual summit ofáG20 leaders onáMarch 26 recognizes the central coordinating role ofáthe WHO inácountering the spread ofáCOVID-19. It supported the WHO's efforts inácoordinating the international response toáthe pandemic.
The member states ofáthe Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, appreciate and fully support the WHO's activities.
The SCO intends toáestablish broad cooperation witháthe WHO toástrengthen public health ináthe organization's space, which is home toáalmost half the world's population.
There is also a need toálook more closely atáthe good practices ofácountries such asáChina, South Korea, Singapore and others inácombating the epidemic.
China has adopted a centralized and scientific approach ináfighting the epidemic. It has taken measures that are effective and targeted. Comprehensive and concrete actions have made it possible toáestablish an effective system ofádisease control, prevention and treatment.
Measures aimed atáearly detection, early warning, early isolation and early treatment have had positive results.
The Chinese people have shown an exceptionally high degree ofáresponsibility and understanding witháregard toáthe decisions taken and restrictions imposed.
Effective measures toácounter the epidemic and provision ofáreliable and transparent information, asáwell asárecommendations developed byáthe WHO based onáthe Chinese experience ofáfighting the epidemic, gave the world two months ofáprecious time toáprepare foráthe fight againstáthe virus.
China's success has inspired many countries. India, the world's second-most populous country, has been underáa lockdown sinceáMarch 25, and its viral infection and mortality rates are now much lower thanáin developed countries ináthe West.
However, the Western public did not respond ináa timely manner, and did not take the outbreak seriously. Few ináEurope wore masks and few were prepared toáfollow adequate guidelines forásocial distancing untiláthey were forced toádo so.
From the beginning, the SCO member states realized the seriousness ofáthe situation. They advocated coordinated efforts toácombat the pandemic.
Many SCO member states have emergency systems, special government commissions and operational headquarters that are responsible foráfighting and containing COVID-19.
The SCO countries maintain close contact witháone another atáthe level ofáheads ofástate, asáwell asáheads ofáministries and agencies responsible foráhealth and public security. It has implemented measures toáprovide humanitarian assistance, which was first provided toáChina.
Now, all the countries are involved ináthe process, providing one another witháfinancial resources, food, medical equipment and medicine.
The SCO Secretariat, acting asáa coordinating body, has put forward a number ofáproposals and initiatives toájointly combat the virus.
On April 1, a meeting ofáexperts fromáthe ministries ofáhealth ofáSCO member states was held byávideoconference, duringáwhich participants reviewed the epidemiological situation ináthe member states and discussed enhancing ofácooperation and effective ways ofátreating patients.
At the same time, the SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, ináclose coordination withámember states, has paid close attention toátransnational and increasingly interconnected challenges, and threats toásecurity ináthe region ináthe context ofáemergency measures taken toácombat the virus.
As the coronavirus spreads, more countries are facing a shortage ofásurgical masks, medical equipment and basic necessities, withásome turning toáChina foráhelp.
China has provided assistance toámore thaná127 countries and four international organizations, donated $20 million toáthe WHO, and sent 14 teams ofáexperts toáfight the epidemic iná12 countries.
As a result ofáits successful fight againstáthe virus, China's economic activity is recovering. The international community expects the world's second-largest economy toábecome a reliable pillar againstáthe backdrop ofáseverely affected global growth.
China's top leadership has taken a number ofáimportant stimulus measures toárevitalize the country's economy, and it seeks toácontribute toáglobal economic stability.
According toáexperts, despiteáa 6.8 percent decline ináthe first quarter, China's economy will grow again ináthe second quarter ofáthis year.
Foreign investors remain optimistic aboutáChina. In the first quarter ofáthe year, foreign direct investment ináthe nation's high-tech services sector grew 15.5 percent compared witháthe same period last year.
Western investment funds are showing a growing interest ináthe Chinese securities market. Analysts say that withácontinued instability ináother markets, Chinese assets may become one ofáthe few sources ofáprofit foráinvestors.
While maintaining key advantages ináthe form ofástrong productive capacity and based onáa dynamic domestic market, China has been a driving force ináthe global effort toácontain the virus and revive the world economy.
More information: China Daily