（中外新闻社 中外新闻网记者 张珈闻北京报道）3月17日, 世界关注中国--中外新闻社 “新型冠状病毒疫情防控—对话各国驻华大使” 栏目组来到贝宁共和国驻华使馆，中外新闻社总编辑韦燕一行对话贝宁驻华大使西蒙阁下。大使第一句话谈到：我亲眼所见---中国是世界上最伟大的国家！
March 17th, Home and Abroad News Press “New Coronavirus Epidemic Prevention and Control --- Dialogue with Foreign Ambassadors to China” serial interviews came to the Beninese embassy in China. The President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan had in-depth dialogue with the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to China, H.E. Mr. Simon Adoveland. The first thing he said was that what I have seen with my own eyes -- China is the greatest country in the world!
大使说，这次中国在面对疫情所做的一切是世界上任何一个国家都没有能力做到的，我一直在中国，不是道听途说，而是亲身感受、亲眼所见，我见证了中国政府在整个疫情期间出色的作为。在今天的世界，我们更看到了中国的能力和担当，贝宁政府和人民，对中国政府采取有力措施战胜疫情充满信心。千百年来, 中国历经无数挑战和考验, 总能化险为夷。相信中国一定能消除疫情造成的严重后果, 恢复安宁祥和。
The ambassador said that what China has done in the face of the novel coronavirus epidemic is beyond the capacity of any other country in the world. I have stayed in China since the beginning of the epidemic outbreak, and I have witnessed the outstanding reactions of the Chinese government during the whole epidemic. In today's world, we also see China's ability and responsibility. The government and people of Benin are confident that the Chinese government will take effective measures to overcome the epidemic. For thousands of years, China has gone through numerous challenges and tests, and has always been able to survive. I believe that China will certainly eliminate the serious consequences of the epidemic and restore peace and tranquility.
The ambassador also mentioned that during this epidemic period, there were many fake news and information. We have seen many news about China from the foreign media channels, sometimes, with two completely different voices. We were wondering if they are talking about the same China. Therefore, we hope the foreign media and international community can clarify the facts for those news reports. For such long time, foreign countries have always denied China’s leadership in the world; however, after this epidemic, I believe that the whole world will see a real China. This will make President Xi Jinping's concept of "Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind " more incisive.
As the ambassador to China, I believe you can personally feel the firm determination and willingness of the Chinese government and people to fight against the epidemic outbreak through TV, Internet and other media.
“What is your focus of attention on the epidemic situation of novel coronavirus infection in China?” Ambassador answered that it’s a great opportunity for me to live in China and experience the COVID-19 outbreak. This is also a lesson-learning experience. China’s President Xi Jinping and the CPC Central Committee demonstrate a strong leadership capacity to take major important decisions on time and mobilize the country against the coronavirus. Not only they protected their people, but they protected the world population.
“What are your proposals for strengthening cooperation between China and the international community to jointly respond to this epidemic emergency and maintain global public health and safety?” Ambassador expressed that the novel coronavirus is spreading to many countries around the world, and Chinese government and all walks of life are actively involved in international cooperation to fight against the pandemic, providing necessary assistance to other countries and international organizations to promote the construction of a shared community of all human. Sharing epidemic information is an important part of the global efforts to fight against the epidemic. We are calling China to take the lead to share their experiences with all the countries who are facing the battle against the virus.
“As the Ambassador to China, do you receive the accurate and comprehensive information about the epidemic situation of novel coronavirus infection in time? What do you do to prevent and control the epidemic situation through the diplomatic system?” we asked.
“I was amazed by how effective and clear Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ communication with all foreign diplomats in China. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs Whang Yi and all his team for their assistance and support that allow us to go through this difficult time with confidence and assurance. As we abide and follow the rules and instructions of Chinese government so that all of us can stay safe and happy.”
Lastly, Ambassador hoped that Home and Abroad News Press and other media can timely and accurately share Chinese experience in fighting against the coronavirus with other countries and let the Western media to see how Chinese media contributing in this hard battle. Only during the hard time, we can realize who are the true friend, “Friend in need is friend indeed.”