Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming on Monday said the Chinese side will work hand in hand with the government of Bangladesh and all sectors of Bangladesh society to contain the situation overcoming the temporary difficulties.
He expressed the hope that they together will emerge from the crisis with even stronger partnership.
"Through solidarity and mutual support, China and Bangladesh will prevail over this outbreak, and together we shall embrace a brighter future for mankind," Ambassador Jiming said in an open letter to the people of Bangladesh.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and China and over the years, the two countries have respected, understood and supported each other, he said.
Ambassador Jiming said pragmatic cooperation in all fields has been greatly expanded, which benefits not only the peoples of the two countries but also the development of the entire region.
"It should be clearly and rationally understood that the impact of the epidemic on China and Bangladesh's economies is temporary and controllable," he said.
In his letter titled "We Shall Stay with Bangladesh in Building a Community of Common Health", the ambassador said the Chinese government has donated 20 million dollars to WHO and announced assistance to more than 89 countries in forms of medical supplies and expertise.
Seven teams of Chinese medical experts have been dispatched to some of the most severely-affected countries, including Iran, Iraq, Italy, Serbia and so on.
Local governments in China and Chinese enterprises and civil organisations have also been donating supplies to cities and countries affected, said the Ambassador.
Jiming said Bangladesh has seen a "moderate increase" in the number of confirmed cases since early March. "Though the Bangladeshi government has undertaken a series of resolute, strong and effective measures to curb the disease, there’re inevitably concerns over how the situation will evolve."
At this crucial stage in the fight against the epidemic, the Chinese Ambassador said, the Embassy of China wishes to express its full confidence in Bangladesh and the solidarity of the local Chinese community with our Bangladeshi friends. "We shall stay with Bangladesh in this war against the common enemy."
Jiming said they shall stay with Bangladesh in the implementation of key cooperation projects to make sure that both during and after the epidemic, Bangladeshi workers on the projects will remain employed and the construction will go on as long as the situation permits.
"We shall stay with Bangladesh in our bilateral trade and supply chains to help Bangladesh stabilize its market share and keep local factories up and running to produce critical medical equipment, with the Chinese airlines remaining in operation," he said.
He said they, from the Embassy of China, will also stay with Bangladesh to continue to provide necessary services and engage in political discourses with the Bangladeshi side as we always do.
Ambassador Jiming said they will stay with Bangladesh in combating the disease and addressing the medical needs.
"As of today, China has donated 40,500 test kits, 15,000 surgical N95 masks, 300,000 medical masks, 10,000 protective gowns and 1,000 infrared thermometers to Bangladesh for medical workers and others who are most in need, with more supplies to arrive in the near future," he said.
The Embassy is also organising a video conference between top Chinese medical experts and Bangladeshi doctors and nurses to provide training and instructions for managing the disease, said Jiming.
At present, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating and spreading across the world, including in Bangladesh where 49 cases have been recorded so far.
The Chinese ambassador said this pandemic threatens the safety of the people of all countries and tests the common wisdom of human society.
After a strenuous struggle and tremendous sacrifices, the situation of epidemic prevention and control in China continues to improve, with the order of production and life being restored at an increasing pace.
"China is by no means alone in its fight against the epidemic. The international community has given us much valuable support. Leaders of over 170 countries and heads of more than 40 international and regional organizations have either sent messages showing sympathy or issued statements of support for China. Such expressions of friendship will always be remembered and cherished by the Chinese people," he said.
Ambassador Jiming said they are deeply touched by the people of Bangladesh as they firmly stand by the Chinese people in the fight against COVID-19.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent a letter of sympathy and support to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The government and civil societies of Bangladesh donated various kinds of medical and health supplies to the Chinese people, he said, adding that many special prayers were also held for China by Bangladeshi religious circles.
"A friend in need is a friend indeed. The heart-touching actions speak of the long-term and profound friendship between the people of China and Bangladesh," said the ambassador.
At the recent G20 Leaders’ Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised that it is imperative for the international community to strengthen confidence, act with unity and work together in a collective response so that humanity as one could win the battle against such a major infectious disease, echoing the repeated calls for coordinated efforts from the UN Secretary General and the Director General of WHO, said ambassador Jiming.
In the era of globalisation, he said, all nations are highly interdependent, which makes solidarity and cooperation the most powerful weapon in the fight against this pandemic that endangers humanity as a whole.
"Only by working together to build a community of common health for mankind can we enhance the common well-being of all and safeguard the common future of mankind," said the Chinese envoy.
Guided by such a vision, China is more than ready to provide assistance where they can to other countries and contribute to a stable world economy, he said.