WORLD EU should be unbiased in addressing disinformation: Chinese Mission spokesperson

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EU should be unbiased in addressing disinformation: Chinese Mission spokesperson

By Ren Yan | People's Daily app

10:14, June 11, 2020

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Brussels (People’s Daily) – While remaining firmly committed to the path of its own choice, China has no intention to export its system and development model, nor to participate in any "battle of the narratives", a spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU said Wednesday. 

The EU has published a Joint Communication on tackling COVID-19 disinformation on June 10, mentioning China as engaging in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns. 

The communication refers to China selectively, and does not mention a single word about those who fabricated genuine disinformation that is anti-China and anti-science. China hopes that the EU could address the relevant issues in a fact-based, unbiased and rational manner, commented the spokesperson, 

“China is always opposed to the fabrication and dissemination of disinformation by any individual or organization. China is a victim of disinformation,” the spokesperson said. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has made tremendous efforts and paid a huge price in fighting the virus, and has successfully turned the situation around and effectively protected people's safety and health. In response to the pandemic, China and the EU have helped and supported each other in a humanitarian and friendly spirit. These are facts and truth that merit due respect and recognition, added the spokesperson.

The spokesperson pointed out that China and the EU are not systemic rivals, but comprehensive strategic partners. Under the current circumstances, spreading disinformation and trading accusations will do nothing to help the global fight against the pandemic. The international community should jointly reject disinformation, and work together in good faith, with a view to overcoming the pandemic at an early date, and jointly safeguarding the global public health security.

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