BEIJING – Foreign political parties and party leaders have called for solidarity and cooperation amid the fight against COVID-19, saying that buck-passing and stigmatization by certain countries go against the will of people and will not succeed.
In messages sent recently to the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the Commission for External Relations of the Cambodian People’s Party said that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, all countries should join forces rather than engage in buck-passing and blame others, warning that stigmatization will only undermine solidarity and pose a threat to world peace and sustainable development.
China’s successful convening of the “Two Sessions” and approval of the national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have made important contributions to safeguarding world peace and development, the commission said.
Ishwar Pokhrel, Nepal’s deputy prime minister and defense minister, said Nepal condemns all politicization of the pandemic and stigmatization of any race, region or religion under the excuse of the pandemic.
Pokhrel praised China’s great contributions to the anti-pandemic efforts, and voiced support for intensifying global anti-epidemic cooperation and jointly building a community of common health for mankind.
Noting that COVID-19 is the common enemy of mankind, Mushahid Hussain Syed, chairman of the Pakistani Senate’s standing committee on foreign affairs, and Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), said that different countries, nations and religions must unite to tackle the pandemic.
Pakistan firmly opposes some forces’ groundless accusation against China in order to deflect domestic attention and serve other geopolitical interests, they added.
Tadatomo Yoshida, secretary general of Japan’s Social Democratic Party, said that the world’s countries are a community of common destiny, which should enhance solidarity and coordination as well as support one another so as to jointly curb the spread of the pandemic.
Yoshida voiced his support for the common appeal of the Communist Party of China for promoting global anti-pandemic cooperation, while opposing the politicization of public health issues, the stigmatization of other countries, and political propaganda with ulterior motives for one’s own personal gain.
Oppah Muchinguri, national chairperson of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front said that China has actively participated in international anti-epidemic cooperation and shared its experiences in fighting the virus, which demonstrates China’s sense of responsibility as a major country.
The Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front firmly opposes politicizing public health issues and stigmatizing China under the pretext of the pandemic, and opposes all words and deeds that undermine international anti-epidemic cooperation, he added.
General Secretary of the Dominican Republic’s United Left Movement Miguel Mejia said that China’s commitment to solidarity, humanitarianism and multilateral cooperation has set a new model in the international arena, in sharp contrast to the hegemonic logic and self-supremacy of certain Western countries, whose verbal attacks against China are inconsistent with the facts and completely untenable.
First-Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela Diosdado Cabello said he firmly opposes such behaviors of certain Western countries who distract from their own inadequate response to the pandemic and shift blame to China by spreading the fallacy that “the coronavirus was created by China.”
China is also a victim of the virus, and the Chinese people have made great sacrifices to prevent the pandemic from spreading worldwide, he said, adding that the world owes a debt of gratitude to China.