China willing to assist with ill Australian expeditioner at Antarctic base: FM

Source: Global Times Published: 2020/12/24 17:50:17

Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry Photo: VCG

China wishes a speedy recovery to the ill Australian expeditioner at the research station in the Antarctica, and is willing to extend a helping hand, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday. 

The Australian Antarctic Program earlier reported one of its expedition team is suffering from a medical condition not related to COVID-19. 

Responding to the rescue operation of the Australian patient, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a routine media briefing on Thursday that China has been closely following the matter and is coordinating with relevant authorities to assist the rescue plan.

"We sincerely wish him a speedy recovery," Wang said. 

Kim Ellis, the Australian Antarctic division director, expressed heartfelt gratitude toward the countries that provided timely support, saying that the operation "is a testament to the strong international cooperation that exists in Antarctica, where nations band together and support each other in what can be a hostile and challenging environment." 

Global Times

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