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A little help goes a long way: China offers help to other countries and regions tackling COVID-19

People's Daily Online

(People's Daily Online) 18:05, April 01, 2020

The Chinese government and public have selflessly extended a helping hand to other countries and regions around the world to help in their fight against COVID-19, a lethal virus that has been rampaging around the globe since December, despite the fact that China is still under pressure from imported cases and possible rebound in domestic cases.

According to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as of March 31, China has provided 120 countries and four international organizations with surgical masks, N95 respirators, protective suits, nucleic acid test kits, ventilators and other assistance. Local governments have also donated medical items to their sister cities in more than 50 countries, while Chinese companies have made donations to over 100 countries and international organizations.

In addition to providing much needed medical equipment, Chinese scientists have also offered intellectual support and data to help foreign nations tackle the lethal virus. A briefing outlining China's experience in tackling the virus, jointly held by the Chinese government and WHO, drew representatives from 77 nations and 7 organizations, with over 100,000 viewers watching the briefing online. Over 100 nations and regions have held online meetings with Chinese scientists, sharing their experience and data.

The Chinese public has also demonstrated its warmhearted willingness to help other countries. Many people have donated masks and money to foreign embassies, such as Iran, while others have translated news, protection tips and COVID-19 data into foreign languages to help their foreign friends get up-to-date information.

An online phrase, You 滴答滴答 me, I 哗啦哗啦 you has also been invented by Chinese netizens to show support to foreign nations in the fight against COVID-19.

A mix of both English and Chinese words, the phrase is actually derived from a Chinese proverb "A drop of water shall be returned with a burst of a spring". By using four onomatopoeias related to water, the Chinese phrase, using an albeit limited knowledge of English, seeks to convey the message to the world that the lethal virus is mankind's common enemy. Those who helped China will not be forgotten, and the favour will be doubly returned.

"The virus is our common enemy. At such a crucial stage, we should stand with all nations and provide the best help we can," said a netizen.

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