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Wang Yi:The Chinese Side Launches an Initiative on Facilitating Cross-border Flow of People and Goods

2020-09-04

On the evening of September 3, 2020, when attending a video conference of the Group of 20 (G20) foreign ministers in Beijing, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, the Chinese side is willing to launch, together with other members, an initiative on facilitating cross-border flow of people and goods.

Wang Yi said, the meeting's focus on facilitating international movements and border management is therefore highly relevant and timely. All members should gradually expand orderly people-to-people exchanges on the basis of guaranteeing health and safety, and upgrade the existing bilateral travel bubbles to a multilateral network; we should enhance information sharing between countries on epidemic response, and take measures like pre-departure nucleic acid testing and mutual recognition of testing results and health codes; we should set up green lanes for transporting goods and made customs clearance more efficient to keep industrial and supply chains undisrupted, and explore the feasibility of zero-tariff treatment for crucial medical supplies.

Wang Yi said, to advance cooperation in the above-mentioned areas, the Chinese side would like to launch, together with other members, an initiative on facilitating cross-border flow of people and goods. The Chinese side proposes to run a workshop on border management and international travel in the near future; designate focal points for closer communication and coordination; and set up an ad hoc platform to synergize the existing bilateral and regional arrangements for international movements. China looks forward to active participation by other G20 members.

Wang Yi said, the G20 countries are major economies in the world. Collectively, we account for 85 percent of global GDP and over 80 percent of international trade. We are also among each other's biggest trading partners. If the G20 leads the efforts with closer cooperation, this will not just help restore our own growth but is also conducive to revitalizing the global economy.

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