“Has the Chinese government approached the WHO to ask it to stand up
and say that China is doing a good job?
Was there pressure put on this organization to say those sorts of things...
because I know how important it is saving face in China.”
面貌这样苛刻的问话，世卫组织总做事谭德塞（Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus）给了一个有理有据、无情有义的出色答复，他说：
China doesn't need to ask to be praised…
because we have seen these concrete things that should be appreciated.
For instance, the pathogen was identified at a record time
and immediately they share the sequence.
It helped other countries to prepare the diagnostic tools to test cases.
They have helped actually in preparing other countries
and in preventing the problem from growing.
In addition to that, I will give you one example.
There was a Chinese woman who visited Germany tested positive
for the virus after returning to Shanghai.
The Chinese authorities immediately notified Germany that
they have to take action.
Germany took that information and immediately took action to
prevent any serious
problem and that's why now things are under control in Germany.
So I think you would agree with me that
it's very important to appreciate a country or an individual
qualified for something you see.
It's the truth.
We were in this boardroom for a board meeting and
almost all member states were praising China for what it did and they had a reason.
China took action massively at the epicenter of the outbreak.
It's a shutdown of the Wuhan city.
It helped in preventing cases from being exported to
other provinces in China and the rest of the world.
I remember a board member from the UK said this is heroic,
because when you shut down a city and province
like that it has consequences, economic and so on.
They're saying the actions of China is making us safer.
So what's wrong with acknowledging this?
We have met the president.
We have seen the level of knowledge he has on the outbreak.
We saw firsthand that he was directly leading the fight against the outbreak.
You know we always ask for political commitment and political leadership.
That's what we have seen. So don't you appreciate that kind of leadership?
I know there is a lot of pressure on WHO when we appreciate what China is doing,
but we should not fail to tell the truth because of the pressure.
We should tell the truth and that's the truth.
China doesn't need to ask to be praised and
I don't expect any country to ask to be praised.
It was not. It is not. That's the truth, the whole truth.
And with my colleagues we speak the same language because
we have seen these concrete things that should be appreciated.
China is doing many good things that slow the virus and
the facts speak for themselves and this has to be recognized.
And the whole world is seeing this. In China there are more than 40,000 confirmed cases,
but in the rest of the world we have less than 400 or around 400 and only one death.
So let the truth speak for itself and the world can judge.
There is no spinning here, because if the rest of the world had had cases,
I don't think they will hide it.
We don't say anything to please anyone. It's because it's the truth.
Even if it's just one person staying and telling the truth, I think that should be the case.
We're telling the truth and we will tell the truth and that's what we believe.
First, it helps them to continue doing the right things they are doing; second,
it helps other countries to recognize the good practice
and they can learn from that country.
What's important is not stigmatizing a country or attacking a country,
but standing in solidarity in fighting against the common enemy, COVID-19.