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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a press conference on China's foreign policy and foreign relations via video link on the sidelines of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, May 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- China is not a savior, but is willing to be a friend in need and a sincere partner for mutual help in times of difficulties, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.

Wang made the remarks while answering a question about China's assistance to other countries hit by COVID-19 at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual national legislative session.

Wang said China in the last few months launched the largest global humanitarian operation in the history of the people's republic, implementing the vision of a community with a shared future for humanity.

To date,

-- China has shipped medical supplies to nearly 150 countries and four international organizations to meet their immediate needs.

-- China has held video conferences with experts from over 170 countries to share its proven methods and protocols for diagnosis, treatment and epidemic control.

-- China has sent 26 expert teams to 24 countries to provide timely information and guidance.

-- Factories in China have operated at full capacity to make high quality medical supplies that are badly needed around the world.

-- A total of 56.8 billion face masks and 250 million protective suits, among other provisions, have been exported from China to other countries.

Wang said China stands ready to continue providing assistance to countries in need to the best of its ability, and strengthen international cooperation on epidemic control. ■

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