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Letter from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to BiH to friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina
2020/02/01

Dear friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina,

       We warmly greet you all!

       The World Health Organization declared yesterday an epidemic caused by the new coronavirus an urgent case of public health of international concern. We understand your concern, but respectable medical experts have determined that there is no need for panic, because it could cause even greater losses. In this regard, let us share with you some information.

       Already on the first day of the Chinese New Year, President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting at which he gave comprehensive guidance, with aim of strengthening epidemic prevention and control. Just two days later, on the third day of the Chinese New Year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang personally traveled to Wuhan to learn about the activities being undertaken in the prevention and control of this epidemic. Currently, China is mobilizing the entire country to fight the epidemic, and has taken decisive, effective and scientific prevention and control measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

       We hope you have trust in us. We have a system for prevention and control of infectious diseases and extensive experience in dealing with public health issues we have gained in combating the SARS in 2003, as well as the scientific, technological and material bases we have accumulated over the past 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic China. Chinese scientists have already discovered the genome of the new coronavirus. Medical experts from all over China are constantly working on the front for epidemic prevention and control. The city of Wuhan built a hospital within 10 days, exclusively for reception of confirmed patients. It is safe to say that no other country in the world has such capacity for implementation, nor can it take such strong prevention and control measures in such a short time.

       We hope you will be care-free. Adhering to the principles of openness and transparency, as well as a very responsible attitude towards global health security, relevant Chinese institutions have timely informed the World Health Organization, relevant countries and regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan about the epidemic status, giving them the genome of the new coronavirus. Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the measures taken by the Chinese side protect not only Chinese citizens but also people around the world, expressing their sincere appreciation for this. He emphasized that the high speed and scale of Chinese action is rarely seen in the world, and expressed his sincere belief that China will successfully control and defeat the epidemic in the end. Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to China Mr. Tarik Bukvić said that China is dealing with this problem very thoroughly and transparently, and that China has enormous resources and is implementing measures that rarely any other country could implement.

       We hope you can relax. Here we would also like to quote a sports professor and basketball coach from BiH Mr. Mirnas Avdić, who is presently in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, who highlighted for the media in BiH that there is no panic in China and that everything is under control. He pointed out that the people in China are very united and extremely organized, and it is only a matter of time before this is over. Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are actively taking appropriate action. In this regard, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in BiH is ready to maintain communication and cooperate with the authorities in BiH. So far, no confirmed or suspected cases of this epidemic have been reported in BiH. Chinese citizens living and working in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are currently in China, have voluntarily proposed initiatives and measures of self-isolation for a period of 15 days upon their return to BiH. Although they are not from the city of Wuhan, they have voluntarily proposed implementation of appropriate prevention and control measures to alleviate the concerns of friends in BiH. We hope you understand their best intent and spirit of sacrifice.

       These days, many friends in BiH have contacted us to express their condolences, give us words of support and willingness to help, which has moved us deeply. We will never forget the friendship of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards the Chinese people. On this occasion, we would like to share some good news with you. So far, 171 confirmed patients have been cured and released from hospital. We believe that with the help of the international community, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, China is fully capable of winning the fight against the epidemic because, as the old saying goes "After the rain comes the sun."

       Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the care you are showing us.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China in BiH

January 31, 2020

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