Zhangjiajie Donates 10,000 Surgical Masks to Italy’s Montagnana
26 Mar 2020


On March 11 of 2020, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a "pandemic". As of March 25, there has been over 400,000 confirmed cases in more than 160 countries and regions. As the hardest-hit country in Europe, Italy has reported 74,386 cumulative confirmed cases with 7,503 lives claimed up to 18:00 of March 25.  


The city of Zhangjiajie in China's Hubei Province, the rotating presidency city of the Silk Road Urban Alliance (SRUA) initiated by Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, donated 10,000 surgical masks to SRUA member city Montagnana to support their fight against the epidemic. Liu Ge'an, mayor of Zhangjiajie and SRUA rotating president, expressed his firm belief that Italy will eventually win the battle against the epidemic in his letter addressed to Ms. Loredana Borghesan, mayor of Montagnana.



Surgical masks for donation


As the quote in the Italian opera Turandot goes, “Vanish, o night! At dawn, We will win!”We believe that with the joint persistence and efforts of the governments and people of all countries, the dawn will soon come to Italy, Europe and the world.


Profile of Silk Road Urban Alliance


Silk Road Urban Alliance was established at the 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie on October 16, 2018, assembling 65 city members from 22 countries.


The 2019 (Zhangjiajie) Annual Conference of Silk Road Urban Alliance was held in zhangjiajie on December 9, 2019, attracting more than 200 participants from 53 cities of 25 countries and regions along Belt and Road. Ms. Loredana Borghesan, mayor of Montagnana addressed at the opening ceremony during the conference. Letter of Intent on the Establishment of Sister-City Relationship between Zhangjiajie and Montagnana was signed. The two cities agrees to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in tourism, environmental protection and other aspects and to make efforts to promote the friendship between China and Italy.



Mayor Liu Ge'an and Mayor Loredana Borghesan signed the letter of intent on behalf of their respective cities