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International Friendship Cities Offered Strong Support to Changsha

Updated: 2020-02-12

15 boxes of medical masks from Gumi City, South Korea have arrived in Changsha on Monday, providing timely support for the prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic caused by Novel Coronavirus(COVID-19). Since the outbreak, many international friendship cities like Kagoshima, Gumi and Victoria all expressed their sincere concerns and well wishes to Chinese and Changsha people by sending letters or donations, affirmed the resolute and efficient response of Chinese governments at all levels, and provided strong support for Changsha to win this battle.

Mr. Hiroyuki Mori, Mayor of Kagoshima, Japan, expressed his solicitude to all Changsha citizens in his letter to Mr. Hu Henghua, Party Secretary of Changsha, said Kagoshima would do her best to support. Kagoshima government raised more than 55,000 medical masks, 200 protective suits, and other much-needed medical supplies including goggles and medical gloves by collecting reserves and urgent procurement. This batch of 95 packages are on the way to Changsha through EMS.

Mr. Jang Se Yong, Mayor of Gumi, South Korea, asked Gumi International Relations Division to initiate an urgent donation program. In the context of tight medical supplies in South Korea, Gumi contacted numerous medical mask dealers and manufacturers, found ways to purchase 10,000 KF94 masks, and delivered them to Changsha through the fastest cargo airline.

Ms. Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, Canada, sent her sincerest condolences on behalf of the City Council and citizens. She said in her letter that the international partnerships are about collaboration and support. She believes Changsha will persevere through this challenging period. Victoria would keep updated on the situation and is ready to provide assistance to Changsha when necessary.

In the meantime, governments, organizations or persons from Entebbe of Uganda, Mogilev of Belarus, Seynajoki of Finland, Saint Paul and Kansas, Missouri of United States and other international friendship cities have all expressed their concerns and support for Changsha and Changsha citizens in various ways. 

Source:  Foreign Affairs Office of Changsha Municipal People's Government