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China joins hands with the "Belt and Road" countries to combat the epidemic and strengthen cooperation in containing it globally


The official Chinese News Agency (Xinhua) was interested in publishing an article written by Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El-Metini, President of Ain Shams University, Professor of Surgery and Liver Transplantation, and Head of the Organ Transplant Unit at Ain Shams University.

The context of the article, which was published under the title "China joins with the" Belt and Road "countries to combat the epidemic, strengthen cooperation and contribute to containing the epidemic globally.

Weren't we rather fortunate that China was the first stop in the epidemic and its response? A question that travels in the minds of every person, but rather an affirmation of the role that China played in combating an unprecedented epidemic that toppled several countries regardless of their economic strength, but everyone stood idly by or in another way, the position of the spectator who took the lead in confronting it.

Thus, we all learned how to take steps that history will remember in saving the world, for our world is one world in which we all live, and this idea must be rooted in our thought, because this age and what we live in in terms of globalization, speed and great information need us to keep pace.

The role of China began to crystallize since the announcement of the new Corona virus and its repercussions, and the matter was referred to the World Health Organization, and even provided it with all information about the virus, in a way that embodies the idea of ​​the "one world" and "a community with a shared future for mankind", and the fear appeared on major economic countries from the impact of Corona on Its economies at home and abroad, but in order to improve the global governance system and maintain the international order, a close and solid union between China and the Arab countries, led by Egypt, was indispensable in exchanging knowledge and experiences in facing this pandemic, within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and the model it established. Follow the example - "The Healthy Silk Road".

The Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Beijing affirmed the role of China in always striving for a single world living in security, stability and peace, as it continued to assist African countries through Sending expert teams, providing and facilitating the purchase of medical supplies from China.

It also plans to start building the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ahead of schedule this year, and to work with Africa in the full implementation of the healthcare initiative.

Also, in his speech, President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of giving greater priority to cooperation in the fields of public health, reopening the economy, and improving people's living conditions, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Egypt has always been the pioneer and the largest share among the countries along the Belt and Road, due to its geographical location and its ancient history, as well as the friendly and friendly relations that bind it to China over the course of 64 years of diplomatic relations. It never took the role of a spectator, but rather quickly sent medical aid, and expressed its support. To China in light of this pandemic, as President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi sent Minister of Health and Housing, Dr. Hala Zayed at the head of a delegation carrying a message of solidarity from the Egyptian people to the Chinese people in facing the crisis.

For his part, President El-Sisi praised the model presented by China to contain the epidemic, stressing the importance of maximizing the lessons learned from the experiences of countries that have gone a long way in success in besieging the Coronavirus.

The lighting of the Citadel of Salah al-Din in Cairo, the complex of the temples of Karnak in Luxor Governorate, and the Temple of Philae in Aswan in the south, with the colors of the Chinese flag, had a great impact on moral support alike, because these archaeological sites are the most important and most famous in Egypt, and they were specifically chosen to illuminate them with the colors of the Chinese flag So that there is diversity, with the aim of "solidarity with the Chinese side," and within the framework of "good relations" between the two countries, especially as they are a living embodiment of the strength and depth of friendship between the two countries as the two oldest civilizations in the world.

Since the spread of the new Corona virus, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced the solidarity of the Egyptian government and people with the governments and peoples of the whole world in fighting the virus, and then Egyptian Armed Forces aircraft loaded with medical supplies began to roam the most prevalent countries of the epidemic, beginning with China, America, Italy, Sudan, then Congo and Zambia, to play their role In support of countries along the Belt and Road.

Under these circumstances, the administration of Ain Shams University, an ancient Egyptian governmental university, assumed its responsibility towards about 3 million people, including 310,000 students, faculty members, administrators, and medical staff, in addition to their families, and 1.5 million patients who visit Ain Shams University hospitals annually, most of them are unable.

With these tasks, the university’s role towards society and support for the state’s efforts in this regard should not be overlooked, and despite the enormity of the task, this ordeal resulted from local and international cooperation in participating in crisis management and exchanging experiences and statistics between countries.

This crisis also pushed the digital transformation in various areas of life, especially in the field of health care, which led to the development of new perceptions to raise the efficiency of the health service while rationalizing spending.

The important role played by Ain Shams University and its hospitals in facing the Corona crisis was evident in the framework of a plan implemented by the university to rehabilitate its hospitals to deal with this crisis. The Armed Forces as a temporary isolation hospital, for simple positive cases, with a capacity of 2,389 beds.

Also, 7 research papers were approved by the Scientific Research Ethics Committee at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, one of which relates to the drug for treating Corona virus, in an attempt to treat patients whose condition has reached a critical stage.

In economic terms, the economic statistics raise concerns. In the second quarter of the year, the eurozone recorded a historic decline of 12.1% of GDP due to the measures taken to contain the epidemic crisis, and in France, the decline reached 13.8%, compared to 18.5% in Spain and 10. 14% in Germany, which has been described as Europe's economic engine.

In light of the closure measures and preventive measures that countries follow to survive the Corona epidemic crisis, the economic crisis came to sweep countries, government and people, as the United Nations expected that the Corona pandemic (Covid-19) would lead to a loss of the global economy during the years 2020 and 2021 about $ 8.5 trillion.

The people also suffered great losses as a result of layoffs despite the efforts made by the various governments to address this crisis, and we see this manifested in various countries, in Britain 23% of the British workforce was temporarily laid off, and a country like the United States faced the layoff of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Despite the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, the Egyptian economy is achieving a growth of 3.8%, so Egypt is one of the very few countries that was able to achieve a positive real growth rate during the year 2020, due to the rational management by the government under the leadership and direction of President Sisi.

The good handling of the situation is what has prompted foreign investors to return in a strong way since the beginning of mid-June, and to pump more investments in government securities.

Perhaps the Corona epidemic, which swept the countries of the world and the negative effects it had on health, economy and other sectors - played a role in upholding the concept of a "community with a shared destiny for mankind" and the need for solidarity and support between different countries in the face of crises, when the true minerals of the peoples appear.

As a result, we hope that the international community will have a role in uniting peoples in a way that serves the interest of each people separately, without interfering in their internal policies and affairs, but rather that the whole world blends into one unit that complements each other.

Le Pen's Workshop

The Chinese News Agency referred to the Chinese Le Pen workshop that it held in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Egypt, and the agency published a picture of the building, noting that the launching ceremony of the Egyptian Le Pen workshop will be organized, and is expected to take place at the end of November.

The Chinese newspaper portal had previously highlighted the role of Le Pen's workshop at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, as one of the fruits of the Egyptian-Chinese relations, which have their roots over 68 years.

Due to the importance of the Chinese Le Pen workshop at Ain Shams University, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for University Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Ayman Ashour, in December 2019, inspected the Le Pen workshop, to find out the latest equipment and preparations in it, this came during his participation in an event organized by the college under the title “The annual meeting with Employees, which is an annual tradition for the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University

In a related context, the President of the Le Pen University of Technological Sciences had confirmed to the former Vice President of Ain Shams University for Community Service and Environmental Development, Prof. Dr. Nazmi Abdel Hamid, in September 2019, of the interest of the People's Republic of China in opening the Le Pen workshop in Egypt to be an example for the rest of the workshops that will be held in Africa, praising With what he saw on the ground at the College of Engineering, explaining that all the equipment needed for the workshop is being shipped, indicating that a team of Chinese experts working in Egypt will install them upon their arrival.

During that visit to the university, the delegation visited the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, where they met Prof. Dr. Omar al-Husseini, Vice Dean for Community Service and Environmental Development, who explained that the implementation work of the project had begun, indicating that Le Pen's workshop at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University will include workshops for cars, energy, And the machines that are managed by computer, in order to practically train students of the departments of Mechatronics, Energy and Cars, and the Faculties of Engineering in Egyptian universities, where the student obtains a practical experience certificate approved by the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University and the Le Pen workshop.

It is noteworthy that Prof. Dr. Abdel-Wahab Ezzat, the former president of Ain Shams University, had signed in April 2019 with Mr. Chen Jimin, Minister of Publicity and Advertising in Tianjin Province of China, a memorandum of understanding to launch the (Le Pen) workshop project, which is the first of its kind at the level of Egyptian universities.

During the signing of the agreement session, the Chinese Minister of Propaganda and Information praised the international reputation that Ain Shams University enjoys among all Egyptian universities, which made it the best choice for implementing the workshop that is to be implemented in ten African countries, stressing the Chinese state’s pursuit of economic development based on joint cooperation With the other and benefiting from all experiences and expertise, he called for the necessity of activating the programs of Le Pen's workshop in various Egyptian universities.