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Overreaction to coronavirus will bring about negative consequences: Chinese envoy

  • Dian Septiari and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/Bogor   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /  07:39 pm
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Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian speaks to the media on Tuesday. He warned Indonesia that its “overreaction” in trying to halt the spread of a coronavirus by imposing a travel ban and import bans would harm relations with China as well as Indonesia’s own economy. (JP/Dian Septiari/JP/Dian Septiari)

Indonesia’s relationship with China looks to take another turbulent turn after the resident Chinese envoy warned Jakarta not to “overreact” in efforts to halt the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), just shortly before officials announced a ban on livestock imports from China. Beijing has stepped up efforts to reassure countries around the world that it can control an outbreak that has spread to some two dozen countries and killed more than 420 people, amid a flurry of travel bans and other measures it may deem detrimental to the Chinese economy. Indonesia is among the few countries that may prove to be a crucial link in keeping China’s economic gears spinning, with Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian warning on Tuesday that any overreaction would inevitably harm Indonesia’s relations with China as well as its own economy. Citing a Wor...