State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Speaks with Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Phone
2020/05/19

On 14 May, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had phone call with Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu.

Wang said that under the personal leadership and direction of President Xi Jinping, China has made tremendous efforts to combat COVID-19 and has brought the situation under control. At the moment, China is resuming normal life and work step by step while keeping up necessary containment measures.

Wang expressed deep appreciation to Estonia for its support for China's battle against COVID-19 and sympathy to Estonian people who are still facing the challenge of COVID-19. China has also provided necessary assistance to Estonia for its procurement and transportation of medical equipment. Wang expressed confidence that China's friendship and cooperation with Estonia will be further strengthened and upgraded as they weather the trying time together.

Wang said that viruses respect no borders and do not distinguish between races, and mankind is a community with a shared future. The fight against COVID-19 calls for international coordination. Yet, politicians from a certain country have recently kept politicizing the disease, labeling the virus and discrediting the WHO. Such moves, which grossly violate international justice and disrupt the collective international response, must be jointly rejected by the international community.

China has always insisted that all countries, regardless of sizes, are all equal, Wang noted, China attaches great importance to the development of cooperative partnership with Estonia which is beneficial to each other and is willing to stay in close contact with Estonia to strengthen cooperation in the fields of digital economy, e-commerce, etc. China is also looking forward to working with Estonia to create an open international trading system so as to promote the construction of an open world economy.

Reinsalu expressed gratitude to the Chinese government for supporting and assisting Estonia's COVID-19 response and Estonia is ready to step up cooperation with China and the wider international community to secure an early victory over the disease. Reinsalu highlighted Estonia's commitment to moving forward coordinated actions and stronger cooperation of the international community in the joint battle against the virus. He expressed deep appreciation for China's full support and cooperation for Estonia's Security Council rotating presidency. Estonia wants to step up coordination and cooperation with China within the Security Council to facilitate the positive role of the Council in the global fight against COVID-19.

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