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​Coronavirus: China’s top diplomat Wang Yi urges world to resume links with Beijing, says it’s taken ‘forceful action’

Published on: 20-Feb-2020

South China Morning Post
 
Beijing’s top diplomat Wang Yi on Thursday called for countries to resume bilateral trade and people-to-people ties with China, saying it had taken “forceful action” to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus at a special Asean-China meeting held in Vientiane. Some analysts said the meeting was partly a public relations exercise. Asst Prof Dylan Loh of social sciences at NTU said the meeting could “be seen as a legitimacy building exercise where external actors take turns to vindicate and praise Chinese efforts in fighting the coronavirus”. 

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