Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Prasar Bharati: Recently, China‘s foreign minister Wang Yi said that China is ready to provide support to India in its COVID-19 fight. China‘s ambassador to India also expressed similar sentiments and said Chinese companies have been guided to fulfill orders from India. At this juncture, Chinese state-owned Sichuan Airlines, which has the largest capacity for cargo shipments to India, has suspended its cargo operations since Monday this week. This has seriously disrupted procurement of oxygen concentrators by Indian businesses. Can you please share some updates as to when Sichuan Airlines will resume its cargo operations to India, in line with announcements made by Chinese government? My second question is, regarding an interview by CEO of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, China has stopped all the shipments of oxygen concentrators procured by US companies from China to India. Do you have any comment or response to this statement?
Wang Wenbin: I’ll take your second question first. You said that China has stopped all shipments of oxygen concentrators procured by US companies from China to India. That is fake news. As India battles a rampant new wave of COVID-19, China feels deeply for the Indian people and extend sincere sympathy. We stand ready to provide support and assistance to the Indian people according to their needs. Some Chinese companies have already taken action with support from the government, delivering the first batch of oxygen concentrators to India. We stand ready to continue various forms of anti-virus cooperation with India to help it fight the epidemic.
With regard to your question on Sichuan Airlines, as I said earlier, it’s a commercial decision and I’ll have to refer you to the company.
PTI: You mentioned a batch of oxygen concentrators has arrived in India. Can you specify the number of them? How many actually arrived? Are there any more being sent from China in the coming days?
Wang Wenbin: Like I just said, China stands ready to provide support and assistance to the Indian people in their anti-epidemic fight in light of their needs. As for the specific number, you may follow our embassy updates.
Prasar Bharati: I just want to add something to my second question. CEO of USIPF in the interview said that China has stopped the shipments of oxygen concentrators to India, so it has to resort to other countries. And it is a lot of time, energy and other things. Can you comment on this?
Wang Wenbin: I have already given my response. The allegation of “China stopping all shipments of oxygen concentrators procured by US companies from China to India” is fake news.