Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Phoneix TV: We’ve noted the message of condolences from State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to India’s External Affairs Minister Jaishankar over the COVID-19 situation in India. Can you offer information more on that?
Wang Wenbin: China closely follows the evolving epidemic situation in India. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a message of sympathy to Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar over the worsening situation of COVID-19 in India. He said that China would maximize its efforts to provide support to India.
All social sectors in China are busy taking actions. The Red Cross Society of China, local governments, many non-governmental organizations and Chinese enterprises are trying their best to collect the anti-epidemic supplies urgently needed by India, and deliver them to the Indian people as soon as possible.
According to incomplete statistics, since April, China has exported more than 26,000 ventilators and oxygen concentrators, more than 15,000 monitors, and nearly 3800 tons of medicinal materials and drugs to India. Chinese manufacturers of anti-epidemic supplies and medical equipment are racing against the clock in full speed to ensure production. In the next few days, more anti-epidemic materials will be sent to India. As many donations and procurement are made through unofficial channels, I suggest you also refer to the Indian government, which should help you better understand the actual situation.
To my knowledge, freight air routes from China to India are operating normally. In the past two weeks, a number of freight flights from China to India remain in operation. Relevant Chinese authorities have provided and are providing convenience in customs clearance and transportation for India to transport liquid oxygen tanks, oxygen concentrators and other materials from many cities in China. China will continue to ensure the smooth functioning of the export channel of materials to India.