China’s Xi offers more help to India in message to Modi amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday (Apr 30) offered additional assistance to India in battling the COVID-19 outbreak ravaging the country, putting aside a simmering rivalry and tensions along their disputed border.

State media reported that Xi told Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a personal message of condolence on Friday that he was “very concerned about the recent situation” in India with the COVID-19 outbreak.

He said that China is willing to provide additional support and assistance because “mankind is a community of common destiny sharing weal and woe and only through unity and cooperation can the nations of the world ultimately overcome the pandemic”.

“Under the leadership of the Indian government, the people of India will certainly overcome the pandemic,” Xi added.

Chinese media said that a first batch of 25,000 oxygen concentrators pledged to India has arrived in the country. The reports said China has already shipped 5,000 ventilators and 21,000 oxygen generators.

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