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Wang Yi Speaks with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the Phone

On April 30, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Wang Yi said that China is very concerned about the pandemic situation in India. President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. As a close neighbor and partner, China fully understands the challenges facing India and is willing to provide support and help to the best of its capacity. The Red Cross Society of China, local governments, non-governmental friendship organizations and enterprises have extended assistance to the Indian side. China hopes and believes that the Indian government and its people will surely overcome the pandemic.

Wang Yi said that to further support India's fight against the pandemic, China is willing to take the following measures in accordance with India's demand. First, China will continue to encourage and support Chinese enterprises to speed up production and offer anti-epidemic materials to India. Second, China will provide customs and transportation facilitation to India in purchasing medical supplies. Third, China will hold video conferences for medics from both sides to share related experience and effective measures.

Jaishankar, on behalf of the Indian government and people, extended thanks to President Xi Jinping for his message of condolence to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and thanked China for its goodwill and solidarity, as well as its support to India in purchasing anti-epidemic materials. The pandemic is a global challenge that calls for joint efforts by all parties. The cooperation measures proposed by China are very important and India is willing to further strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation with China.

Both sides also exchanged ideas on bilateral relations and global cooperation.

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