President Xi Jinping Speaks with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on the Phone


President Xi Jinping had a phone call with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on the evening of 14 April.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi extended sincere sympathies and firm support to the Finnish government and people in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. He noted that humanity is a community with a shared destiny and future, and the world must come together in this difficult time to defeat the virus. China will work with all nations to advance global public health. China is prioritizing the resumption and expansion of medical supply production. This will help keep the global industrial and supply chains stable and contribute to international cooperation against the disease and stability of the global economy.

Noting the video conference held recently between Chinese and European medical experts, including those from Finland, Xi said that China will share more experience with Finland on epidemic response and help it address the shortage of personal protective equipment. He expressed confidence that under the leadership of President Niinistö, the Finnish people will demonstrate their time-honored "sisu" spirit and defeat the virus. He hoped Finland will attach great importance to protecting Chinese nationals and especially students in Finland. He expressed confidence that the friendship between the two nations will be deepened in the course of fighting the outbreak together. Once the outbreak passes, China and Finland need to resume people-to-people exchanges at all levels as quickly as possible, unlock cooperation potential in innovation, ICT and life sciences, and strive for new progress in the future-oriented new-type cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Niinistö said that as the Finnish people battle the severe outbreak, they are closely monitoring the relevant experience of China. He thanked China for its valuable support and assistance in the form of medical supplies and hoped that the two countries will step up cooperation to defeat the virus. Niinistö stressed that he fully shares President Xi's vision of building a human community with a shared future and appreciates China's good cooperation with WHO and European countries as well as its promotion of global public health security cooperation in the G20. He stressed that a speedy recovery of the Chinese economy is critical to the world. Highlighting the excellent relationship between the two sides, he said that Finland will continue to take good care of Chinese nationals in the country and hoped to work with Xi to keep moving the Finland-China relations forward.


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