Xi speaks with Jokowi over phone, says China will ‘win’ battle against coronavirus

first_imgXi also conveyed his appreciation for the trust and understanding extended by his Indonesian colleagues, saying that his recent conversation with Jokowi was a reflection of the robust bilateral relationship between China and Indonesia as comprehensive strategic partners.Jokowi reportedly expressed his sympathies to China on behalf of Indonesia during the phone call.COVID-19, linked to a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 45,000 people since it was first reported early this year with a death toll of more than 1,100 people as of Wednesday.The Indonesian government has imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China since Feb. 5 as well as temporary halt in live animal imports from the country in an effort to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to the archipelago .However, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian objected to the travel ban as he claimed such a move would likely have a negative impact on the global economy.“In this situation, we need to be calm. Don’t overreact and cause a negative impact on investment and the economy,” he told reporters last week.As of Wednesday, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.(rfa)Topics : Chinese President Xi Jinping told  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that the Chinese government was confident it would “win” the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a phone call on Tuesday night.As reported by Xinhua news agency, Xi said containing the outbreak was the government’s top priority, as evidenced by its commitment to implementing “the most rigorous and thorough prevention and control measures”. #BREAKING: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks over phone with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, expressing confidence in a full victory in the fight against the novel #coronavirus pneumonia epidemic and achieving goals and tasks of economic and social development pic.twitter.com/QUSdNRTPnZ— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 11, 2020He went on to say that China would continue to bolster its cooperation on the mitigation of the deadly viral outbreak with Indonesia and other countries to ensure public health safety.last_img read more

Kohli, de Villiers finally take RCB to their first win of the IPL season

first_imgSENSATIONAL fifties from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers overshadowed Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finally snapped a six-match losing streak this IPL season with an eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali yesterday.Kohli (67) in company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb run-chase, sharing an 85-run stand to lay the foundation.The India skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings.Invited to bat, dashing West Indies opener Chris Gayle (99) carried his bat through with an unbeaten 99, studded with five sixes and as many as 10 hits to the fence to single-handedly anchor Punjab to 173 for four.Kohli and de Villiers then did the bulk of the scoring and once the skipper was dismissed in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis (28 off 16) played a crucial cameo to take the team through with four balls to spare.With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season. FLYING STARTChasing 174 to win, Parthiv Patel and Kohli gave RCB a flying start, amassing 43 off 23 balls but the left-handed opener was caught by Mayank Agarwal off R Ashwin in the 4th over.de Villiers and Kohli then took the bowlers to the cleaners, picking up boundaries at will, as RCB brought up the 100 in the 12th over.Kohli completed his second fifty of this IPL season in 37 balls but runs dried up a bit in the middle with M. Ashwin (24/0) and Andrew Tye (4-40) bowling a tight over each.Mohammad Shami then gave Punjab a glimmer of hope when he dismissed Kohli, who pulled one straight to M. Ashwin as RCB slipped to 128 for two.But Marcus Stoinis and de Villiers ensured there were no hiccups, sharing 46 runs, as RCB romped home comfortably in the end. GAYLE MAGICEarlier, Gayle stitched a 66-run opening stand off 38 balls with KL Rahul (18) and kept the scoreboard ticking even though he lost partners on the other end.RCB could have dismissed Gayle in the first over itself when he was hit on the leg by Umesh Yadav but Virat Kohli didn’t go for a DRS and the West Indian escaped.Gayle made RCB pay for the mistake as he hit a four and six off Umesh’s next over, before Rahul joined the party and smashed a couple of fours off the India pacer in his third over.In the sixth over, Gayle exploded as he welcomed Mohammad Siraj with a four at long off and followed it up with a six over long-on and another boundary across cover.He then pulled another one over square leg before sending the ball across the fine leg as KXIP amassed 24 runs to end the powerplay at 60 for no loss.Chahal was then introduced into the attack and Rahul lifted him over long-on for a maximum but the spinner had him stumped in the next delivery to produce a crucial breakthrough.Mayank Agarwal then joined Gayle, who completed his fifty in 28 balls.Agarwal smashed Chahal over extra cover for a six but the spinner cleaned him up in the next delivery as Punjab slumped to 86 for two.Sarfaraz Khan (15) and Gayle then took Punjab across the 100-mark before the former was caught behind off Siraj’s delivery.Sam Curran (1) too couldn’t stay long and was removed by Moeen Ali as Punjab slipped to 114 for four in 14th over.Mandeep Singh (18) and Gayle then provided the late charge, scoring 60 off 37 balls.Gayle, who has six tons to his name, needed 10 runs in the last over to complete another century but he fell short by just one run despite hitting the last ball for another four.last_img read more