Observer: White paper on COVID-19 fight represents China’s rebuttal to criticism
By Xu Zheqi
People's Daily

China unveiled the white paper "Fighting COVID-19: China in Action" on Sunday, chronicling its arduous fight against the pandemic, with concrete numbers, detailed measures and a specific timeline, sharing its experience with the international community and clarifying its philosophy in responding to a global health crisis.


The pandemic is the most extensive to afflict humanity in a century, and China was the first country hit hard by this unknown and unexpected disease. China, however, spent one month or so flattening the curve, and about two months bringing daily increases in domestic cases down to single digits.

As of May 31, 2020, a total of 83,017 confirmed cases were reported on the Chinese mainland, 78,307 infected people were cured and discharged from hospital, and 4,634 people died, bringing the cure rate to 94.3 percent with a 5.6 percent fatality rate. 

For a country with 1.4 billion people, the number of infected cases and fatality rate is so low that some Western media and politicians doubt the authenticity of the numbers. Yet, here comes this white paper, giving a strong rebuttal to their questions and unlocking the secrets of how China won the battle.

Putting people's lives and health as its first priority until the very end, China has made painstaking efforts and tremendous sacrifices to contain the pandemic. Centralized and efficient command, city lockdowns, breaking the chains of transmission through early intervention, an all-out effort to save lives, and timely, transparent information sharing are why China has kept the pandemic under control.

The war on the virus is not a war involving a few people but the whole country. Irrespective of their gender, age, and occupation, Chinese people plunged themselves into the battle. Resilient and united, China's 1.4 billion people all were soldiers amid this fight, forging a formidable force.

The novel coronavirus is currently wreaking havoc throughout the world. China, even while under the tremendous pressure of virus control, has moved quickly to provide as much assistance to the international community as it can.

As of May 31, China has provided two batches of cash support totaling $50 million to the World Health Organization, sent 29 medical expert teams to 27 countries, offered assistance to 150 countries and four international organizations, and exported protective materials to 200 countries and regions, including 70.6 billion masks, 340 million protective suits and 225 million test kits.

China is doing so out of the kindness of its people, the humanitarian spirit of helping each other, the sense of responsibility as a major country, and empathy with humans suffering from the same pain. It is not exporting its model, nor is it pursuing any selfish interests.

Human history is one grappling with viruses. Humanity will finally prevail over the COVID-19, but this will certainly not be the last major public health crisis we will encounter. China's white paper rebuts some politicians' questions, makes a commitment to the world overcoming the challenge together, and reviews lessons for potential health risks in the future.