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MFA: Personnel Exchanges to be Resumed in a Prudent, Incremental and Methodical Way

2020/06/10

On 9 June, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying confirmed that China and Singapore launched on 8 June a "fast lane" to facilitate essential business and official travel. On the basis of ensuring no new infections, China will resume personnel exchanges in a prudent, incremental and methodical manner.

Hua said that China and Singapore are each other's important partners for cooperation. The two countries have been in close collaboration and have supported and assisted each other since the start of COVID-19. After nearly two months of communication and preparation, the two sides launched the "fast lane" arrangement on 8 June to facilitate essential travel for business and official purposes. This is an important step to resume bilateral exchanges and cooperation and support the resumption of production and work with normalized containment measures in place.

Hua said that the China-Singapore fast lane arrangement is the first of its kind between China and a Southeast Asian country. It will contribute not only to socio-economic development in both countries, but also to the stability of regional and global industrial and supply chains. Initially involving six Chinese provinces and municipalities and Singapore, the two sides may consider expanding the coverage as they see fit and discuss the possibility of resuming commercial flights.

Hua noted the smooth operation of the fast lane between China and the ROK and the recent inauguration of the fast lane between China and Germany which has been welcomed by the business communities on both sides. The first two charter flights bringing German nationals to their workplace in China arrived in Tianjin and Shanghai on 30 May and 4 June respectively. More such flights are being planned.

According to Hua, some neighboring and European countries are also discussing with China about similar arrangements. China has been taking necessary measures to facilitate foreign nationals' travel to China for essential economic, trade, scientific and technological activities.

Hua said: "While taking normalized containment measures, we will continue to resume people-to-people exchanges in a step-by-step and orderly manner in order to promote the resumption of work and production in the respective countries, deepen cooperation and contribute to the stable and smooth operation of industrial and supply chains."

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