VP eyes stabilized foreign trade


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NANJING: Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Saturday urged efforts to focus on quality in the joint pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative, promote higher level of opening-up and stabilize the overall performance of foreign trade and foreign investment. During his inspection tour in the city of Lianyungang, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Hu said strengthening cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road amid current economic headwinds has a significant bearing on stabilizing economic growth and foreign trade and investment of all countries.
Hu stressed deepening industrial and supply chain cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road, strengthening market information sharing and seeking business opportunities together.
More efforts should be made to support the development of China-Europe freight trains to ensure smooth international logistics channel, the vice premier said. He also underlined deepening reforms and expanding opening-up to create a sound business environment, while asking local authorities to improve services to foreign-funded and foreign trade firms and ensure that enterprises fully benefit from various government relief measures.
Meanwhile, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan has emphasized scientific and targeted measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and to safeguard the life and health of people of all ethnic groups.
Sun made the remarks during her investigation and research tour of the region from Thursday to Saturday. In Xinjiang, Sun heard a report on local epidemic prevention and control and visited various facilities to learn about COVID-19 treatment, nucleic acid testing, epidemiological investigations and supply of essentials.
Xinjiang has tested over 2 million people in the capital Urumqi after cluster infections were reported in the city. Affirming the measures in response adopted by the region, Sun, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, asked Xinjiang to follow the standardized national treatment protocol and work on the treatment of asymptomatic carriers.
Sun demanded that the National Health Commission further support Xinjiang in terms of medical experts, equipment and professional training. DM Monitoring