China confident epidemic will soon be over: deputy foreign minister

Published February 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

China is confident the coronavirus epidemic will be over soon and that the impact will be only temporary on its economy, which will rebound strongly, Qin Gang, China’s vice minister of foreign affairs said on Saturday.

Employees work on a production line manufacturing face masks at a factory, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China February 15, 2020. (cnsphoto via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)
Employees work on a production line manufacturing face masks at a factory, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China February 15, 2020. (cnsphoto via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

“The impact of the epidemic on the Chinese economy will be short term and temporary,” he said at the Munich Security Conference.

“When the epidemic is over, the subdued consumer demand will be released rapidly and the economy will rebound strongly.”

 
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