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Spokesperson of Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the EU's Joint Communication on Tackling Covid-19 Disinformation

Q: The EU published a Joint Communication on tackling Covid-19 disinformation today, mentioning China as engaging in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns. What's your comment?

A: I have noticed the EU has published a Joint Communication on tackling Covid-19 disinformation today. First, I would like to point out that China is always opposed to the fabrication and dissemination of disinformation by any individual or organization. China is a victim of disinformation.

 Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, China has made tremendous efforts and paid a huge price in fighting the virus, and has successfully turned the situation around and effectively protected people's safety and health. In response to the pandemic, China and the EU have helped and supported each other in a humanitarian and friendly spirit. These are facts and truth that merit due respect and recognition.

China and the EU are not systemic rivals, but comprehensive strategic partners. While remaining firmly committed to the path of its own choice, China has no intention to export its system and development model, nor to participate in any "battle of narratives". Under the current circumstances, spreading disinformation and trading accusations will do nothing to help the global fight against the pandemic. The international community should jointly reject disinformation, and work together in good faith, with a view to overcoming the pandemic at an early date, and jointly safeguarding global public health security.

The Communication refers to China selectively, and does not mention a single word about those who fabricate genuine disinformation that is anti-China and anti-science. We hope that the EU could address the relevant issues in a fact-based, unbiased and rational manner.

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