More than 108 partners and universities in 40 countries including the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, Russia and Thailand have written to express their sincere sympathies and firm support to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) since the outbreak of COVID-19.

They appreciated the efforts and contributions of China, and in particular of CAS scientists, in the fight against the virus.

The letters demonstrate the profound cooperation between CAS and these organizations as well as the importance of international exchange and cooperation in addressing the common challenges of mankind.

President of German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina said in his letter that he highly appreciated the leadership, execution, transparency and outstanding contributions of the Chinese government in the fight against the COVID-19 , adding that the scientific communities of the two countries had never been so closely united in the fight against the spread of the epidemic as they are now.

President of German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina also spoke highly of the fruitful results of the video-conference on COVID-19 held by the academy and the Chinese Embassy in Germany, and expressed his hopes of continuing discussions with CAS scientists on related issues.

The President of the University of Tokyo said in his letter that he admires the dedication of the Chinese people in fighting the epidemic and that their efforts are widely reported in Japan.

The current dilemma has strengthened the friendship between the people of China and Montenegro and between the academy and the University of Donja Gorica (UDG), according to its president.

All these institutions agreed to establish a closer cooperative relationship with CAS, and proposed ways to continue bilateral exchanges and cooperation during the epidemic period, offering valuable suggestions and practical assistance in the joint response to the outbreak.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia wrote to say that they are always striving to formulate new protocols to maintain cooperation with CAS as well as scheduled research programs.

It also suggested temporary video conferences and looked forward to seeking collaboration with CAS in vaccine development.

CAS replied to these letters to thank the writers for their support, saying that CAS is willing to share China’s practice with international fellows while combating the virus domestically. CAS also sent letters to research institutions in Japan, South Korea, Iran and Italy expressing its willingness to promote scientific and technological cooperation and to share breakthroughs in COVID-19 prevention and control.

Source: Bureau of International Cooperation,

Chinese Academy of Sciences

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