China offers to help North Korea to curb spread of coronavirus
Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was very concerned about the situation in North Korea and offered to strengthen the country response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
China is willing to offer support to North Korea to strengthen the latter's response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, state television said on Saturday, quoting President Xi Jinping as saying in a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Xi said he was very concerned about the situation in North Korea and the health of its people, and said he was pleased that its efforts to control the respiratory illness had achieved positive results, state television reported.
The Global Times said Xi thanked Kim “for his congratulations on China's hard-won victory over the COVID-19 epidemic”. Not much is known about the coronavirus situation in North Korea.
In an exchange of verbal messages, President Xi said that China is willing to strengthen cooperation with North Korea to fight the #COVID19 pandemic, and provide support within China's capacity based on North Korea's needs. https://t.co/LDzejuEpQT— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) May 9, 2020
The hermit country has repeatedly insisted it has no confirmed coronavirus infections, crediting its success to strict containment measures and the closure of its borders. But South Korean intelligence officials say it is implausible that North Korea does not have any cases, given its links with neighbouring China.
North Korea is seen as highly vulnerable to infectious diseases, and its healthcare system ill equipped to deal with them.
Recently, the North Korean leader was in news over his health amid speculation that he underwent a heart surgery that went wrong. Some media outlets had even reported that Kim was in a vegetative state. But earlier this month, state news agency KCNA published pictures of the dictator visiting a factory and looking fit and fine.