China will withstand economic impact of outbreak, official says

Updated: Feb 3, 2020 By Zhong Nan chinadaily.com.cn Print
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Passengers and crew members pose for a group photo on a flight from Tokyo International Airport of Japan to Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province, Feb 1, 2020. China organized three charter flights and brought back 310 Hubei residents on Friday, following the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. According to the ministry, these Hubei residents were respectively brought back from Thailand's Bangkok, Malaysia's state of Sabah and Japan's Tokyo. [Photo/Xinhua]

China is confident in its ability to minimize the impact on its economy by the novel coronavirus epidemic, said a senior government official.

In comparison with the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, China's economic strength, material and goods accumulation and ability to cope with emergencies are all significantly stronger than that period, said Lian Weiliang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

China is fully capable and confident in winning the battle against the epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus and has the confidence to minimize the impact on the economy, he said, adding the impact is temporary and will not change the economy’s long-term fundamentals.

The government will take measures to help industries that have been affected most by the epidemic, and encourage companies to resume production and major projects, he said.

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