On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping has a discussion with the US President Donald Trump on the novel coronavirus outbreak after it killed more than 600 people in China. The Chinese president urged Washington to respond “reasonably” to the epidemic, state media reported.
Xi told Trump over the phone that China was fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic”, and that “the long-term trend of China’s economic development for the better will not change” revealed the reports.
A White House spokesman said in a statement that President Trump expressed confidence in China’s strength and resilience in confronting the challenge of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. President Trump and his China counterpart agreed to continue extensive communication and cooperation between both sides.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported, at least 636 people in China had died of coronavirus, and the number of confirmed cases had risen to more than 31,100.
A Chinese doctor who first informed about the spread of coronavirus has died after contracting the virus himself, confirmed the WHO on Thursday. The death of the whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang triggered an immense outpouring of public grief and anger over how Chinese authorities have handled the crisis.
The viral outbreak is believed to have originated in central China last year in December. Local governments across China have locked down cities of tens of millions of people in response to the crisis. The outbreak has set a global alarm by rapidly spreading in two dozen countries, rising the number more than 240 cases.
Xi told Trump, China has implemented “nationwide mobilization, comprehensive deployment, and rapid response,” along with “the strictest prevention and control measures” against the virus. The US has temporarily restricted the entry to foreigners who have visited China within the past two weeks. Japan, Britain, Germany, and several other nations have also advised their citizens not to travel to the virus-hit country.
President Trump has also formed a coronavirus task force to respond to the deadly outbreak. Trump and Xi also discussed the recently signed trade deal between the two countries. Trump said that he also plans to visit Beijing at some point but did not provide any confirmed date.