GENEVA -- Health plays an important role in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and China is actively involved in global health governance, a senior health official from China said Sunday.Ma Xiaowei, head of China's National Health Commission, is leading the Chinese delegation to the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) that is to kick off in Geneva Monday.At a press conference on Sunday, he said China attaches great importance to safeguarding its citizens' health and promoting the wellbeing of people's livelihood, and China is also actively engaged in global health governance.Focusing on relevant sustainable development goals (SDGs), China has elevated its Healthy China initiative to a national strategy and released the Healthy China 2030 Outline for its national health progress, he said."China has developed extensive cooperation with international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to actively improve global health governance," he added.As the world's biggest developing country, China has proven experience on multiple fronts of health governance and is ready to share it with other countries, said Ma."Working with research institutes in Africa, China has launched joint projects to adapt for use in Africa its practices in the prevention and control of malaria and schistosomiasis," he said, explaining that China is also a pioneer in global emergency response.Over the years, China has continuously engaged in health assistance to other developing countries. Since 1963, China has sent medical teams to 69 developing countries, according to the official.In 2014, China sent over 1,200 health care professionals and public health experts to help African nations in their response to Ebola. Ma said China is prepared to do so for the current Ebola crisis facing the Democratic Republic of Congo. plastic wristbands uk
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President Xi Jinping (R) meets with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing, Sept 30, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua] BEIJING - President Xi Jinping met with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Saturday, discussing US President Donald Trump's state visit to China later this year. Currently the most important event in our bilateral relations is President Trump's China visit in November, Xi said. His visit will be a major opportunity for the development of China-US relations. Xi said China-US ties have been generally stable, and that he has maintained sound communication with President Trump. Chinese and US teams should implement consensus reached by the two heads of state, grasp the direction of bilateral relationship, respect each other, and focus on cooperation while dealing with differences properly, Xi said. China attaches great importance to President Trump's visit, and I look forward to working with him to outline and advance our bilateral relations in the years to come, Xi said. He said the teams on both sides should work closely to make the visit successful and special. China and the US are respectively the largest developing country and the largest developed one as well as two leading economies of the world, Xi said, stressing both sides need to and can cooperate on the bilateral, regional and global levels. The common interests of our two countries far exceed our differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice, Xi said. The two sides should expand mutually beneficial cooperation and strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, he said. Xi called on the two sides to handle their differences and sensitive issues through dialogue and consultation, on the basis of respecting each other's core interests and major concerns, so as to maintain stability of bilateral relations. The two sides should continue to encourage and expand people-to-people exchanges and strengthen friendship between the people of the two countries, he said. Tillerson conveyed Trump's greetings to Xi, saying the US president looks forward to his visit to China. Hailing the progress in US-China relations under the auspices of the two presidents, Tillerson said the United States values its relations with China and hopes to increase mutual trust and practical cooperation in various areas as well as to jointly tackle international and regional challenges.
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