BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that China strongly supports the European Union (EU) in combating the spread of COVID-19.

In a message to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Xi indicated, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Our sincere sympathy to the European Union and the people of its member countries over the outbreak.

Recalling that soon, the EU and its members expressed their sympathy and support in various forms to Beijing over China's pandemic prevention and control efforts.

Xi stressed that consensus is a strength and that China is ready to provide assistance and help the EU avoid the outbreak.

Update: October