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China flies more medical supplies to Indonesia

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 24, 2020   /   05:23 pm
China flies more medical supplies to Indonesia Medical workers unload boxes of medical equipment for COVID-19 patients from an Indonesian Military (TNI) Hercules C-130 aircraft at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta on Monday. The equipment was flown in from China. (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)

The Chinese government has flown out much-needed medical equipment from the city of Shanghai to Indonesia to support the country’s prevention and control measures against COVID-19.

The Chinese Embassy in Indonesia announced the distribution shortly after the medical supply packages, consisting of test kits, N95 masks, surgical masks, protective gear and portable ventilators, were shipped on Tuesday.

“At the moment, Indonesia is suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak, the government and the people of China have the same solicitude as the people of Indonesia,” the embassy wrote on its website.

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According to the embassy, the assistance was a way of returning the favor to the international community, including Indonesia, which had helped China in its hardest time during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the government and various sections of the Indonesian community have supported China through various means to combat the disease. The Chinese government and people are very grateful for this,” it added.

On Monday, Indonesia received thousands of medical supplies transported on a military aircraft which landed at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta after picking up medical equipment from Shanghai.

During a press conference on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the Chinese government would without any hesitation reciprocate the kindness of countries that had assisted China in its fight against COVID-19.

“We will offer assistance as our capability allows to friendly countries that are in a severe situation and lack prevention and control materials, especially those developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as regional organizations such as the African Union,” Geng said as released by the embassy.

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Besides medical equipment support, the Chinese government has been working extensively to offer information guidance to the international community fighting against the epidemic, based on its experience of COVID-19 prevention and control as well as clinical treatment.

On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, together with the National Health Commission and the General Administration of Customs, held an online video conference to brief 19 Eurasian and South Asian countries regarding such matters.

“Going forward, China will continue to uphold the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind and the spirit of mutual assistance and solidarity, share information with the international community [...] in an open, transparent and responsible manner,” Geng added.