Medical personnel talk to chaplains, left, as they tour the Samaritan's Purse 68 bed emergency field hospital especially equipped with a respiratory unit in New York's Central Park, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in New York. (Photo: AP)
Nearly 100 American foreign-policy experts, including former high-ranking White House officials from both parties, released their signed letter on Friday, calling on the Trump administration to work more closely with China to beat the coronavirus epidemic, news portal Thepaper.cn reports.
Experts including Susan Rice and Stephen Hadley, national security advisers under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush respectively, said in the open letter that the letter aims to encourage China and the United States to take cooperative measures to tackle the epidemic, which have won broad support of both parties.
"No effort against the coronavirus -- whether to save American lives at home or combat the disease abroad -- will be successful without some degree of cooperation between the United States and China," said the letter.
The letter also suggests the two countries cooperate to establish a clear and transparent mechanism to share relevant scientific data, and coordinate funds and clinical trials for vaccine and treatment research, testing, production and distribution within the G20 framework.
The letter came a day after 100 Chinese scholars signed an open letter calling on the United States and China to work together to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
In response to the letter of Chinese scholars, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Friday that more "rational, calm and positive" voices are needed at the current stage of the coronavirus epidemic.
"Only through solidarity and cooperation among the people of the world can we finally achieve the ultimate victory against the epidemic," Hua said.