In April 2020, the Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) received a generous gift of masks from the PRC’s San Francisco Consulate. The WSCRC greatly appreciates the Consulate’s support of our fight against COVID-19 in Washington state, and truly appreciates and values this donation as evidence of our mutual collaboration over the years. To pass on the support and best wishes, WSCRC donated the masks to health workers and researchers at UW Medicine, which has played a central role in Washington’s—and the nation’s—clinical, research and public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S.-China relationship is under a great deal of stress now, coronavirus or not. WSCRC will continue to work to support a balanced and rational discussion between the two countries, particularly working at the sub-national level where leaders on both sides of the Pacific wish to cooperate and create peace and prosperity for both countries. That work is more critical now than ever.