by Xinhua writer Tu Yifan
RIYADH, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Group of 20 (G20) countries need to remain committed to multilateralism and coexistence despite the shadow cast by the pandemic, said Yahya bin Junaid, head of Saudi Arabia's Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge.
In a recent written interview with Xinhua, Junaid noted that the spread of COVID-19 is exerting devastating impacts on health, economies and societies across the world.
This is a very complex and challenging time for mankind, and the convening of the G20 Riyadh Summit bears great significance in the G20 history, Junaid added.
"There is no doubt that the summit will wisely address these issues we face today and work together for economic revitalization and stimulate everything they can to contribute to ending the pandemic," he said.
As the host of the 2020 G20 summit, Junaid said, Saudi Arabia has made great preparations for the event and has been calling for strengthening international cooperation to jointly tackle global challenges.
Talking about China's steady recovery from the pandemic, Junaid commended China for its remarkable fight against COVID-19 and the prominent role China has played in vaccine research.
As the world's most populous country, China has set a good example for other countries with its success in fighting against COVID-19, Junaid said.
"China is considered a pioneer through its tremendous efforts to stop the pandemic on its soil and to provide aid to many other countries," the scholar stressed.
Saudi Arabia and China, both G20 members, have conducted close anti-pandemic cooperation, covering multiple fronts ranging from patient treatment to vaccine research, which "is an example to be followed for human protection." Enditem