Following a Chinese initiative, Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn - who is also the Grand Duchy's foreign policy chief - spoke by phone on Monday 30 March 2020 with the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, Wang Yi.
The discussion focused on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that are being implemented at national, regional and international levels to contain the pandemic.
Both Ministers stressed the importance of sending a positive signal of solidarity and cooperation between China and Europe and of promoting multilateral action in the fight against COVID-19. In this context, Minister Asselborn stressed that "this health crisis is a global challenge, and we can only face this challenge by helping each other and cooperating at international level, including at the United Nations level, by supporting the World Health Organisation".
Minister Wang Yi thanked Luxembourg for its assistance to China at the beginning of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Minister Asselborn in turn thanked his colleague for the assistance provided to Luxembourg by China and for facilitating the transport of medical equipment from China to Luxembourg. In this respect, the essential role of Cargolux and HNCA was highlighted.
In conclusion, the two Ministers reaffirmed the tradition of mutual support and solidarity between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the People's Republic of China. They agreed to remain in contact and to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.