's economic development has not changed. China welcomes U.S. enterprises to continue their business in China and hopes to strengthen cooperation with the chamber and its members, the official said. -- China's NHC replied in a letter to U.S. department of health and human services, further communicating on arrangements for bilateral cooperation on health and epidemic control. Feb. 19 -- XinhuaNews Agencyreported that Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, chaired a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to hear reports on the epidemic prevention and control work, and coordinate epidemicblic healt
control and economic and social development. The meeting decided to submit the relevant measures to the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee for further review. -- The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the third briefing on epidemic prevention and control online. Ambassadors and diplomats from more than 180 foreign missions in China attended the briefing. Chinhas made
a's foreign ministry updated the situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in China and the country's efforts in epidemic prevention and control. The Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality introduced the latest epidemic control arrangements related to people returning to Beijing from abroad amid the outbreak, which was closely followed by foreign missions in China. Officials from the education and foreign ministrieenormous e
s answered questions relevant to foreign students and employees in China. Feb. 20 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping talked over phone with Pakistani
Prime Minister Imran Khan at request, stressing facts have proved once again that China and Pakistan are true friends and good brothers that share weal and woe. Xi sai
d China will take good care of its Pakistani brothers and sisters in the country like its own citizens. -- Chinese President Xi Jinping talked ov
er phone with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in at request, stressing China's forceful prevention and control measures are not only aim
ed at safeguarding the lives and health of the Chinese people, but also contributing to the world's public health cause.Xi said China will
continue to strengthen communication and cooperation with the Republic of Korea and other countries in an open and transparen
t manner, so as to tackle the epidemic together and promote the health and well-being of people across the world. -- Chinese President Xi Jinping replied in a letter to Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, expressing his appreciation toward the foundation's act in supporting China's prevention and control work against the COVID-19 epidemic. Xi called for unity and cooperation in the international community to fight the disease. -- Xinhua News Ag
ency reported that Li Keqiang presided over a meeting of the leading group of the CPC Central Committee on response to the COVID-19 outbreak, making arrangements on further improving protection for frontline medics, accelerating effective applications of drugs and continuing to advance orderly resumption of work and production while enhancing epidemic prevention and control measures in a scientific way. -- Chine
se State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a special China-ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, introducing China's progress in epidemic prevention and control. -- The State Council Information Office held a press conference in Hubei Province, briefing epidemic prevention and control work organized by the guidance group sent to the province by the CPC Central Committee. -- When asked at a press conference whether the novel coronavirus is a biological weapon,
a spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "What we need in the face of an epidemic is science, rationality and cooperation. We must seek the triumph of science over ignorance, dispel rumors with truth, and replace prejudice with cooperation. We hope the international community, while fighting COVID-19 together, will continue to combat conspiracy theories and other 'political viruses'
." -- Clinical medical experts from China and ASEAN held a video conference to exchange ideas on treatment guidelines and rescue experience on COVID-19 patients. Feb. 21 -- Xinhua News Agency reported that Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, chaired a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 and the coordination between the epidemic control and economic and social development.
The meeting called for deepening opening up and international cooperation, enhancing communication and coordination with China's economic and trade partners, and giving priority to helping the leading enterprises that have a significant influence in the global supply chain to resume production and supply to maintain the stability of the global supply chain. Efforts will be made to m
ake good use of export credit insurance and encourage key export enterprises to resume operation as soon as possible, according to the meeting. The meeting also highlighted active international cooperation in epidemic prevention and control from the perspective of building a community with a shared future for humanity. -- The NHC released the fifth version of guidelines on the prevention and control of the COVID-19. -- Under the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council, a press conference was held in