Chinese private enterprises provided timely help for global COVID-19 combat

Date:2020-05-11 13:34:00

“We will never forget the political support from the international community during our hardest times, as well as the medical supplies we received from 79 countries and 10 international organizations.” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said during the Regular Press Conference on March 18, 2020. “We will strengthen cooperation with other countries in response to the COVID-19 challenge and together build a community with a shared future for mankind.”
At critical moments of the epidemic fight, Chinese private enterprises didn’t stand by but ran to the front at home with all their resources and actively joined the fight overseas as well.
Sansure Biotech successfully developed a COVID-19 nucleic acid detection kit and made their first donation to Ethiopia on February 7. Afterwards, a batch of Chinese private enterprises including Suning corporation, Sany Group, Hodo Group, Huajian Group, Fosun Group, Baidu, New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Mobile Internet and the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation joined in overseas combat against the coronavirus by supplying medical materials. That had won international acknowledgement.
According to the data provided by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC) at all levels and related business associations, there were 84 private enterprises, foundations and business chambers donated masks, detection kits, respirators and other medical protective gears by 3 p.m April 8. And they had also established a foundation especially for the global fight against COVID-19.
The donations went to countries including Italy, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Spain, France, Germany, US, Iraq, Dominica, Greece, Indonesia, UK, Canada, Australia, Israel, Columbia, Hungary, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Brunei, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Peru, Austria, Norway and more than 50 African countries and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions.
They mainly contacted local Red Cross, government and public health organizations and their overseas clients and employees.
With more power comes more responsibility. More and more Chinese private enterprises have grown into international companies along with the national “go out” campaigns including the Belt and Road Initiative.
The combat against COVID-19 had become an international “war”. And the Chinese private enterprises just wanted to live up to their global responsibility.
Donating supplies to protect Village Earth
“This is a world pandemic challenge for all human beings in the globalization era. No country could solve the problem alone. Only through joint efforts can we have the chance to combat this disaster. ”Jack Ma said.
And the Chinese private enterprises just did so, by helping out both domestic and overseas fight against COVID-19.
Chinese government and enterprises offered their first help to Italy, the country affected most heavily by the outbreak in Europe.
Guo Guangchang, chairman of Fosun, initiated a proposal during the Yabuli China Entrepreneurs Forum in early March, asking Chinese enterprises to donate medical supplies to heavily affected countries.
Then 10 companies and organizations, including land agent Longfor and Taikang Yicai foundation, responded promptly and together donated 45,500 set medical supplies to Italy.
Suning Group made their first donation to Italy on March 11, which included 300,000 facial masks, and promised and had been trying to coordinate various protective equipment including masks, protective suits, and disinfection supplies with all its global resources, saying “we want to help Italy stop the spread of the epidemic quickly with our domestic experience.” 
Lu Mai, vice chairman of the China Development Research Foundation, and Ma Weihua, borad chairman of the China Global Philanthropy Institute based in Shenzhen, jointly wrote a letter to former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi, who’s also chairman of the academic committee of the China center at the University of Turin, paying their hearty regards to the Italian people stricken by the pandemic and willing to offer help.
At the same time last year, the three of them together held the China-Italy Charity Forum and signed a memorandum of cooperation under the witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Prodi replied the same day when he received the letter and conveyed appreciation to the China Development Research Foundation.
He said, “Italy is suffering from the pandemic. There’s an urgent lack of medical supplies including masks, protective suits and safety goggles. I Hope the foundation could help raise supplies or provide related channels.”
After that was a series of actions on “helping Italy fight COVID-19”.
On March 15, Rockcheck Group donated 1000 protective suits, 50,000 disposable surgical masks and 5000 disposable inspection gloves to the foundation.
On March 16, Blue Sail Group donated 200,000 disposable inspection gloves; the Lions Clubs International D390 Sichuan China donated 50,000 disposable surgical masks; Laoniu Brother & Sister Foundation donated 100,000 disposable surgical masks.
On March 18, Shandong Weiqiao Pioneering Group donated 80,000 disposable surgical masks.
The list got longer along with the campaign. And the raised supplies had been transported to the Lombardy and Piedmont regions of Italy by chartered plane, and were distributed to the front-line hospitals by the local government.
“Mountains apart may never see each other, but people from different places will meet,” said President Xi Jinping, quoting from German proverb, in 2014 to describe the profound exchanges and friendship between China and Germany.
On March 13, the Sany Heavy Industry dispatched 50,000 disposable surgical masks in 160 cases using professional trucks from the industrial park in Changsha, capital city of Hunan Province in middle part of China. These were the first donation of Sany to Germany.
After an overnight work on placing orders, contacting logistics and coordinating customs clearance, the Sany group put their best wishes on the supplies to Stuttgart, where their European branches would receive these goods and deliver to Hesse, Saarland, Stuttgart, and NRW etc.
On March 28, the Sany Group made their fourth batch of overseas donation with 1 million disposable surgical masks to 34 countries including India, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, South Korea, UK and Uzbekistan. That’s also the biggest donation of one private enterprise with most countries in the industry.
In the morning of March 28, Hodo Group made a concise donation ceremony of anti-COVID-19 supplies in Wuxi, a city based in south Jiangsu Province. They would donate 1million disposable surgical masks to Cambodia. The masks were patched in cardboard boxes printed with the national flags of China and Cambodia and written slogans in two languages saying “Belt and Road, Mutual help and support”.
Organizers said, “Hodo’s donation to Cambodia is an act in response to President Xi’s calling for international cooperation on fighting coronavirus and also a practice to deepen China-Cambodia friendship. The 1 million masks carry our hearty regards for the Cambodian people.”
Later on, the 1 million masks were sent by multiple shipments to Cambodia.
Make a green lifeline of global rescue
“All hearts move together.”
It’s written on the supplies boxes to Africa and symbolized China’s friendship towards Africans.
When the pandemic broke out in China, African countries and peoples provided their support in various kinds for China.
Now it’s Africa that faces challenges of the spread. Chinese private enterprises make no hesitation to offer their help.
The Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation donated 5.4 million masks, 1.08 million detection kits, 400,000 protective suits and 600,000 protective masks to 54 countries in Africa.
These supplies landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, on March 22, after 10 hours flight.
Mao Lingke, international logistics expert from the Cainiao Group, introduced that, “Cainiao global intelligent logistics backbone network has been upgraded to the ‘wartime footing’ and launched the global green lifeline for rescue. It is one of the few logistics networks in the world that is still in normal operation, and it has successively shipped anti-epidemic supplies to more than 100 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Oceania. The Electronic World Trade Platform (EWTP) hubs in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa, Belgium’s Leige and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur have become major arteries for global rescue transportation.”
Months ago, the Cainiao international logistics also transported medical supplies from Africa to China, when China was in desperate need in February, and the Alibaba Foundation shipped 2.86 million masks by charted planes from South Africa to assist many frontline hospitals in Hubei and Zhejiang provinces.
The international transportation from China to Africa was a co-effort by Ethiopia Airline, Megacap Aviation Service Group (MASG), and Inter-Africa Express (IAE), the last two of which were Chinese private enterprises.
Wu Guofei, distributor of Ethiopia Airline in China, vice president of MASG and president of IAE said, “We’ll spare no efforts to work with Ethiopia Airline to ensure the safety transportation of these donated anti-epidemic goods to Africa.”
“Today we are living in the same forest that has caught fire. Standing by, panic, ignorance, no act or disorderly act are irresponsible. We must take action!”
Except for donating 100,000 masks, 1000 protective suits, 1000 protective masks and 200,000 detection kits to each country for the 54 countries in Africa, the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation also made donations to the countries heavily hit by the coronavirus including Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Spain.
They said, “The pandemic is spreading all over the world. We must run faster than the virus. The last two months’ experience tells us that it is controllable as long as we take it seriously and try our best.”
Sharing “China’s experience” on epidemic fight with the world
We Doctor, a Chinese private enterprise, put forward an online “Global Consultation and Prevention Center” early in March, and had provided weighty help for the global fight against COVID-19.
On March 18, the Chinese embassy to Italy introduced Italian GP Luca Varcasia from Sassari, Sardinia, to chief physician Zhao Lei from China’s Wuhan Union Hospital through the “We-doctor Global Consultation and Prevention Center”.
Zhao shared his experience with Luca by answering seven questions regarding the epidemic prevention and control.
“The information given by Doctor Zhao and the We Doctor online platform is like pure gold for us.” Luca said after the online exchange.
These “China’s experience” on fighting COVID-19 in Wuhan not only helped their Italian doctors but also inspired more than ten thousand online views from 9 countries including the Netherlands and India.
By 12 a.m. on March 24, the We-Doctor online “Global Consultation and Prevention Center” had witnessed 7273 doctors join in global rescue and provided information for 49,438 consultants.
At the same time, Jd Health launched a “global free health consultation platform” with a psychological helpline to provide psychological service, in regard to the phenomena that many overseas Chinese tend to have stress, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive symptoms during the epidemic.
Besides, JD also set up a “TCM anti-epidemic zone” with the help of more than 30 TCM experts.
“It’s an honor and obligation for us TCM doctors to help them with our professional guidance through different ways,” said Chen Songqin, a TCM doctor joining in the campaign. “TCM played an important role in domestic prevention and control of coronavirus, and it will help more people overseas through this online channel.”
Huajian Group, another Chinese private enterprise, had donated anti-epidemic supplies worthy 5 million yuan including protective suits, contagion gowns and KN95 masks to eight countries in Africa.
“African countries have more difficulties in fighting the pandemic,” said Zhang Huarong, chairman of Huajian Group, “we hope to bring China’s experience to Africa.”
Huajian Group had over 6000 employees in its Ethiopian factory. After the epidemic broke out, they arranged shuttle buses and distributed masks for the workers and disinfected the buses regularly.
“We used to have 50 workers one bus, and now there’re only 25.” Zhang said.
Just like Huajian Group, Zhende Medical also has investment in Ethiopia. They donated 1000 protective suits, 1000 contagion gowns, 20,000 KN95 masks and 10,000 surgical masks.
“We are appreciated for the help and support provided by the Chinese government, Chinese people and enterprises for Ethiopia in this coronavirus fight,” said Teferi Melesse Desta, Consul-General of Ethiopia in Guangzhou, “China has made sacrifice and contribution to the epidemic prevention and control, and has achieved successful experience. I hope to bring China’s experience to Africa and defeat the epidemic with our joint efforts.”
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