FSM Government Donates 100,000 US Dollars to China in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020/05/13

On May 12th, 2020, the FSM government hosted a handover ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs to donate 100,000 US dollars to China in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. T.H. Livingston A. Taulung, FSM Secretary of Health & Social Affairs and Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force, Ambassador Huang Zheng, China’s Ambassador to the FSM attended the ceremony and delivered remarks respectively. Mr. Ricky Cantero, FSM Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Counselor Zhang Weitao, Deputy Chief of Mission, among others, attended the ceremony.

In his remarks, Secretary Taulung expressed that the FSM and China have continued as partners and friends that dated a long way back. The FSM cherishes friendship with China and their continued mutual assistance. The FSM government expressed heart-felt thanks to China for its assistance to the FSM in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the leadership of President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government, the Chinese people contained domestic outbreak in a short time, and shared information and experience with the international community including the FSM. China’s assistance helps with the replenishment of the FSM preparedness. The FSM government conveyed its sincerest friendship and thankfulness from its people, and would continue to move forward the bilateral partnership in the future.

 

Ambassador Huang Zheng extended deep gratitude to the FSM government on behalf of the Chinese government and people. Ambassador Huang said,when Chinese people were hit by the first wave of the pandemic, the government and people of the FSM took a number of major actions to provide assistance and support to China, which demonstrates the solidarity and friendship between the two countries and the high level of the China-FSM Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. With President Xi Jinping personally instructing and directing the pandemic response, China achieved success in this stage and has taken open, transparent and responsible approach and provided support within its capability to the rest of the international community including the FSM in combating the pandemic, and join hands to build a community with a shared future for humanity.

 

Ambassador Huang emphasized that as President Xi Jinping pointed out, solidarity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon for the international community to defeat COVID-19. Virus is a common enemy of humanity which respects no borders. Countries need to advocate multilateralism, and oppose any attempt at stigmatization, politicizing or labeling the virus. The international community should support the leading role of the World Health Organization in promoting global cooperation against COVID-19, and strive for an early victory in the fight against the disease.

 

Previously, the FSM Congress passed a bill for Act in February to appropriate the sum of $100,000 from the General Fund of the Federated States of Micronesia for the purpose of funding response efforts in China due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and for other purposes.

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