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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: The Entry Restriction Measures Some Countries Have Taken against China Are Not Science-based
2023-01-03 10:47

Question: Recently, China announced the decision to manage COVID-19 with measures against Class-B infectious diseases and adopted provisional measures on cross-border travel. This has been well received by many countries, but some other countries have subsequently imposed temporary restrictions targeting travelers arriving from China, including testing upon entry and quarantine for those who test positive for COVID-19. Do you have any comment?

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: Since China released the provisional measures, many countries have responded warmly to them. We appreciate this and will continue to adapt and adjust our COVID response measures in light of the latest COVID situation, better facilitate the safe and orderly cross-border travel of Chinese and foreign nationals and international exchange and cooperation.

Regarding the temporary restrictions targeting travelers arriving from China, my colleague responded to relevant questions last week. I’d like to reiterate China’s position. We stand ready to step up communication with the rest of the international community and work together to prevail over COVID. Meanwhile, we do not believe the entry restriction measures some countries have taken against China are science-based. Some of these measures are disproportionate and simply unacceptable. We firmly reject using COVID measures for political purposes and will take corresponding measures in response to varying situations via the principle of reciprocity.

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