China draws on bitter experience to aid Cooks

Friday April 03, 2020 Written by Published in Economy
Ambassador Wu Xi. 20040210 Ambassador Wu Xi. 20040210

Covid-19 is our ‘common enemy’, says Ambassador. 


China is sending medical supplies to help Cook Islands battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking from New Zealand, Chinese Ambassador Wu Xi said the medical supplies had left China and would arrive here soon.

They will include protective face masks, infrared thermometers, medical disposable protective clothing, goggles, gloves, and more.

Wu said Chinese medical experts held video conferences with their Pacific counterparts, including the Cook Islands, sharing details of China’s experience in containing, diagnosing and treating the pandemic. They also exchanged views with them on issues of their concern.

China had also allocated funds for the Cook Islands and the rest of the Pacific island countries to assist them in purchasing further medical equipment.

“The two countries are in close touch for further assistance in medical supplies,” she said. “There is a lot of tangible cooperation.”

Wu had been in regular contact with Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Elizabeth Wright-Koteka. They were working with each other to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 to the Cook Islands.

The Covid-19 outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019 but Wu said scientist are still investigating the origin of the virus.

She said rigorous measures including the lockdown of Wuhan and getting medical and other assistance to the province from the rest of China helped them contain the virus.

Ambassador Wu said there were zero new confirmed cases in China for more than two weeks.

She said the challenge now was to map out effective ways to stop Covid-19 cases from being imported to China.

“Coronavirus is a common enemy of the mankind. We need to stay united to fight the virus, rather than criticising, we need to support each other in this very difficult times.”


  • Comment Link Chris Wong Friday, 10 April 2020 22:46 posted by Chris Wong

    Calling for Cook Islands obligations masked with so called generosity!!!
    Can manage without that

  • Comment Link Maki Thursday, 09 April 2020 02:04 posted by Maki

    Now why would we need China's help?? Our government would be stupid to sit in bed with this country we might as well say good bye to our paradise and start calling it China first?? They are working on the Pacific islands wake up don't be fooled with money

  • Comment Link I implore of the Government of the Cook Islands, to be self-sufficient and grow the land. You took action by closing the borders early. Listen to the peoples voices. Learn the lesson from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and surrounding islands in the South Pac Wednesday, 08 April 2020 21:56 posted by I implore of the Government of the Cook Islands, to be self-sufficient and grow the land. You took action by closing the borders early. Listen to the peoples voices. Learn the lesson from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and surrounding islands in the South Pac

    Please, do not accept China made products. Australia has found these faulty equipments.
    Australia and New Zealand are your protecting neighbours.
    Importantly, Covid-19 is reported in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and surrounding South Pacific Islands.
    Listen to the voices of the people of the Cook Islands.
    Tara Smith ( Samuela )
    Youngest sister to the late Mikara Herman.

  • Comment Link Strickland Wednesday, 08 April 2020 20:53 posted by Strickland

    Don't let those china things into Rarotonga. Don't trust them. Equipment they sending could be infected. Say No to china. What are those chinamen up to.

  • Comment Link Maria Wednesday, 08 April 2020 17:22 posted by Maria

    Keep China out. You have NZ to helpand always been.
    What's wrong with the C Is. High C. Trying to be friend with China, nic minte ????????
    Be stronge te it tangata Kuki Airanai you can do this. Stay in unity n love. Te Atua te aroa.

  • Comment Link Nga Wednesday, 08 April 2020 13:38 posted by Nga

    I believe Cook Islands people can benefit from this donation. I believe in the calibre of our current leaders and trust that they know what they are doing, they will not put our people in harms way. Meitaki maata China for your aroa.

  • Comment Link Glen Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:34 posted by Glen

    Do not accept this shipment. . . . It is laced with the virus

  • Comment Link Phillip Nordt Wednesday, 08 April 2020 11:21 posted by Phillip Nordt

    The CI Government and all of its departments so far has done a fantastic job and the people have come together to fight this virus...on the face of it...the Cook Islands are independent and can cope without China's assistance......we have New Zealand if we need help!..............the is the time the Government has to do one more thing on this matter ....LISTEN TO YOUR PEOPLE and act accordingly

  • Comment Link Memory Kimiora Peu Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:31 posted by Memory Kimiora Peu

    With all that is happening in the world today it would be tragic indeed to ignore the voices of the people and social media in regards to China's affect on the world, let alone it's effect on us now and our future... I hope that our government will put our peoples wishes and council first before any political gain or relationship with China. AND PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR PEOPLE!... WE DON'T WANT!... WE DON'T NEED!... CHINA'S 'DEADLY'... GRIP ON OUR BEAUTIFUL AND PRECIOUS COUNTRY, LANDS, FREEDOM AND PEOPLE... SAY NO!!!!

  • Comment Link Nooroa Teko Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:47 posted by Nooroa Teko

    Don't let this in your islands please

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