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Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan: Chinese Anti-epidemic Supplies Exported to 199 Countries and Regions

2020/05/25

On the afternoon of 25 May, during the second "Ministers' Corridor" interview following the second plenary meeting of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan told journalists that no restrictions are placed by China on exporting anti-epidemic supplies. Since COVID-19 broke out globally, China has exported large quantities of anti-epidemic supplies to 199 countries and regions, an important contribution to the global response effort. It reflects China's high sense of responsibility as a major country and its commitment to building a community with a shared future for mankind. It has received appreciation and recognition from many countries.

Zhong stressed that the Chinese government has taken important action to ensure the quality of exported anti-epidemic supplies by putting in place a three-pronged monitoring system that covers production, standards certification, and port regulation. The medical supplies exported by China are generally of good quality.

According to Zhong, there are roughly three types of anti-epidemic supplies exported by China. The first type is grant assistance which has been provided to more than 150 countries and international organizations. The second type contains procurement requests from foreign governments. The third type is direct purchase by foreign companies from Chinese businesses via commercial channels. There has been no quality issue with the first two types of exports. There are issues with the third type of purchase, mostly caused either by the failure of some Chinese companies to meet certification and quality standards or some foreign companies' dangerous misuse of non-medical resources for medical purposes. With regard to the Chinese companies in question, the government has looked into these cases and suspended their export of anti-epidemic supplies. As for the foreign companies, we understand that they have also been dealt with in their own countries. The responsibility, in this case, lies with the importers. Despite all that, China will continue to support countries in need in jointly combating COVID-19.

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