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China calls on U.S. to ease travel restrictions over coronavirus

  • February 8, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Saturday’s Yomiuri highlighted a teleconference between President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi on Friday at which the Chinese leader urged the President to reconsider the travel ban that the Trump administration has imposed in response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China by saying that Washington is “overreacting.” Beijing is reportedly concerned that more nations will follow suit in limiting their citizens’ travel to China. However, the U.S. leader reportedly did not respond to the request and simply said, “We fully support China’s efforts” to contain the epidemic. The paper added that if China cannot contain the outbreak expeditiously, the Chinese economy may sustain serious damage, making it difficult for Beijing to import American farm products as pledged in the initial bilateral trade agreement. 

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