The Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President, Lord Edwin E. Hitti, was pleased to attend The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR press conference, on Feb.7, 2020. Commissioner Xie Feng briefed nearly 60 representatives of the media, consular corps, chambers of commerce and international organizations in Hong Kong on the prevention and control of 2019 novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia.
Touching the emotions of all, Commissioner Xie vividly highlighted China’s speed in responding to the fast-spreading virus, noting in particular the scientists in the country taking only a week to identify the pathology of the virus, and the building in just 10 days of a new hospital in Wuhan, the central mainland city where the outbreak began.
He added that China had kept the public and the world informed in an “open, transparent and responsible spirit”, and urged backing from the international community. Highlighting a community connected to the common destiny, and to be alert and curb the “virus” of discrimination, hatred, and racism, criticizing “overreaction and fear-mongering” by some.
On Hong Kong, Commissioner Xie noted there had been panic buying of food and other necessities. He gave the assurance: “The Chinese government and the HKSAR government will continue to ensure supply, not only of tissues, but rice, drinking water, meat and so on, to Hong Kong.”
“Rumour itself is a dangerous virus which will cause panic and chaos,” he added, responding to the emergence of fake news surrounding the contagion.