By Wang Lili
SINGAPORE, May 6 (Xinhua) -- As the COVID-19 outbreak have continued to pose grave challenges to many parts of the world, China and Singapore have been working closely together in the battle against the deadly virus.
On Tuesday, the Chinese government and the Red Cross Society of China donated 620,000 face masks to assist in the Singapore government's efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Singapore Hong Xiaoyong said the Singaporean government, the Red Cross Society, business communities and people from all walks of life have provided valuable support to China in China's fight against the virus, which shows the sincere friendship between the peoples from both countries.
"We are deeply moved and keep it in mind," the Chinese ambassador added.
As early as Feb. 1, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pointed out that China is doing all it can to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and expressed confidence that China and other countries will work together to win this battle.
The prime minister also stressed that the virus does not respect nationality or race, and the COVID-19 situation should be seen as a public health issue and not as a racial or international diplomatic problem.
On Feb. 4, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Singapore government will provide seed funding of 1 million Singapore dollars (704,000 U.S. dollars) to support the efforts by the Singapore Red Cross to raise funds to provide humanitarian assistance to the communities in China which had been severely affected by the virus outbreak.
Currently, as the bulk of the COVID-19 patients in Singapore are foreign workers residing in dormitories, the Chinese government has also extended their assistance to those people. On Tuesday, the Chinese embassy provided the Singapore Migrant Workers' Center with supplies including food and soaps, to aid the foreign workers in Singapore who have been isolated as part of the government's efforts to contain the virus outbreak.
On April 1, Vice Minister Luo Zhaohui of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Secretary Chee Wee Kiong of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-chaired the virtual China-Singapore Joint Meeting on COVID-19. Both sides agreed to share diagnostic and treatment good practices, explore joint research and development of medicines and vaccines, and provide facilitation and support, as appropriate, to the nationals residing in each other's country on their medical treatment and stay, among others.