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ASEAN, China to collaborate on coronavirus

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18 2020   /  12:29 am
Jose Tavares - Indonesia’s top ASEAN official (kemlu.go.id)

Jose Tavares - Indonesia’s top ASEAN official (kemlu.go.id)Top diplomats from Southeast Asia are to meet their Chinese counterpart on Thursday in Laos in search of a collective response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, a senior foreign policy official from Indonesia confirmed, as the region starts to reel from the effects of the epidemic.ASEAN foreign ministers are to convene in an upcoming emergency ministerial meeting in Vientiane to explore possible cooperation with China to mitigate the impact of the virus, which has infected upward of 50,000 people and killed nearly 2,000 — predominantly in China’s Hubei province and mostly in the central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.“[The meeting] will discuss further cooperation on the coronavirus [response] and also [to prepare for when] similar diseases occur in the future,” Indonesia’s top ASEAN official, Jose Tava...