Multi-nation online conference held on COVID-19

June 6, 2020

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Experts from the U.S., China, Canada and Singapore came together for an online conference to share experiences of fighting COVID-19 and to call for global cooperation to beat the pandemic.

The event on June 4 was organized by Rice University and Zhejiang University. Y. Ping Sun, the university representative at Rice, said that coronavirus is a global problem that requires a global solution.

“Only by working together can we find a solution to address the pandemic more quickly,” she said.

Neil Bush, founder and chairman of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, which sponsored the event, made opening remarks.

“My father believed that the U.S.-China relationship was the most important bilateral relationship in the world. Not only is our country and world right now facing the health challenge of a pandemic and the global economy being shut down, we are also seeing the rise of great tensions between the United States and China.

“If there ever is a time where we should practice the ethos and philosophy of George H. W. Bush, where we should collaborate where we should share best practices, that time is now,” Bush said.

“This is the time we should find our common humanity, link arms and work together. So, to build walls, to point fingers of blame is counterproductive,” he said.