It's easier to shake a mountain than China, said the country's ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, on Tuesday, dispelling concerns over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the country's economy and its potential impact on the world.
Sun Weidong said that China had at the earliest the most comprehensive and strict preventive and control measures to fight the corona virus, claiming that the country had sufficient resources and political tools to cope with economic fluctuations. At the same time, he said that viruses are a "limitless and common threat to all people in the world" and that a concerted effort is needed to fight them.
"China's economy is stable and strong as a mountain. The strong wind could knock down the trees, but not the mountain. I want to say that it is easier to shake a mountain than China," he said.
The envoy praised India for its solidarity and willingness to help China cope with the epidemic, but stressed that there should be no restrictions on trade and passenger traffic between the two neighbors.
The Chinese corona virus outbreak has triggered
global health problems and concerns about China's economy that have the potential to affect world trade.
The Chinese envoy said confidence in coping with the epidemic was due to the country's strong economy. He said the government has allocated over RMB 80 billion to prevent and fight epidemics.
"The epidemic has had some impact on some industries, such as transportation, tourism and hospitality, and small and medium-sized businesses. In the short term, downward pressure on China's economy will increase, but the impact is still local and temporary and limited," said Sun Weidong
He said China has the confidence to maintain long-term and stable economic development despite the current situation.
"As President Xi Jinping emphasizes, we have the full confidence, ability, and determination to overcome the epidemic early," he said.
"As the second largest economy in the world, our economic strength is the strong material foundation to win this struggle," said the envoy.
China's National Health Commission said Tuesday that the number of coronavirus deaths rose to 1,868 on Monday, while the total number of confirmed cases rose to 72,436.