China on Monday appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to President Xi Jinping offering solidarity and assistance to deal with the deadly coronavirus outbreak, saying it “fully demonstrated” New Delhi’s friendship with Beijing.
In a letter to Xi, PM Modi expressed solidarity with the President and people of China over the outbreak of the virus that has claimed over 900 lives in the neighbouring country.
“We thank and appreciate India’s support for China’s fight against the NCP Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, the official name for coronavirus,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.
“India’s acts of goodwill fully demonstrate its friendship with China,” Geng said during an online media briefing while replying to a question on PM Modi’s letter to Xi. Prime Minister Modi also offered India’s assistance to China to face the challenge, besides conveying condolences over the loss of lives due to the outbreak.
The Prime Minister also conveyed to Xi his appreciation for facilitating the evacuation of around 650 Indian citizens from the worst-affected Hubei province last week.
A sizeable number of countries have evacuated their citizens from China and restricted movement of people and goods to and from China.