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Xi says China ready to boost global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.86   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the meeting to commend role models in China's fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China September 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsBEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China is ready to step up global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, and called for better international coordination on policies to facilitate movement of people. Pharmaceutical companies and research centres around the world are working on potential COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates involving tens of thousands of participants underway. “China is willing to strengthen cooperation with other countries in the research and development, production, and distribution of vaccines,” Xi told the G20 Riyadh Summit via video link. With that in mind, Xi said China would propose the creation of a mechanism by which travellers’ coronavirus test results were recognised internationally through digital health codes.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, ” Xi, , Xi, Organizations: of, People, REUTERS, Carlos Garcia Rawlins BEIJING, Pharmaceutical Locations: Beijing, China
G20 leaders seek to help poorest nations in post-COVID world
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Raya Jalabi | Ryan Woo | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
"Family Photo" for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of Saudi Arabia?s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. G20 leaders are concerned that the pandemic might further deepen global divisions between the rich and the poor. To do that, the European Union urged G20 leaders to quickly put more money into a global project for vaccines, tests and therapeutics called Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Extending the temporary debt relief could encourage some additional countries to ask for forbearance, experts say, but private sector creditors must also agree to participate. Debt relief for Africa will be an important theme of the Italian presidency of the G20 in 2021.
Persons: Shyoukhi, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, , Vladimir Putin, ” Xi, Charles Michel, Antonio Guterres, David Malpass Organizations: Reuters, Heritage, REUTERS, Saudi, European Union, ACT, Twitter, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, World Bank Locations: BEIJING, DUBAI, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah, Moscow, China, pandemics, Africa
China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a CEO Dialogue forum via video link, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, hosted by APEC Malaysia, November 19, 2020. The APEC leaders’ meeting comes as economies are trying to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and days after Trump lost his bid for a second term. Slideshow ( 4 images )‘MORE SUPPORTIVE’Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the APEC forum he expected “more multilateralists” in the Biden administration. Lee also said U.S. trade policies under Trump had weighed on APEC’s progress in recent years, which he termed “very slow”. Trump’s “America First” approach saw the United States withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in 2017.
Persons: Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, ” Xi, , , Xi, Trump, Biden, multilateralism, Barack Obama’s, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee, ” Lee, Trump’s, Muhyidin Yassin Organizations: Reuters, Economic Cooperation, APEC Malaysia, REUTERS, U.S, APEC, Trump, Singapore, WTO, Pacific, Pacific Partnership, Trans, Regional Comprehensive, Malaysian Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Asia, Pacific, United States, MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur, “ China, China
China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a CEO Dialogue forum via video link, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, hosted by APEC Malaysia, November 19, 2020. APEC CEO DIALOGUES MALAYSIA 2020/via REUTERS TVBEIJING (Reuters) - China will continue to cut its tariffs and expand imports of high-quality goods and services, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while vowing to push reforms and promote an innovation-driven growth model. China will pursue higher quality growth through its “dual circulation” development model, driven by technological innovation, Xi said. “Our new development pattern is not a closed domestic single circulation, but an open and mutually promoting domestic and international dual circulation,” Xi said. Xi also said China will sign free trade pacts with more countries and will promote a high-quality Belt and Road initiative.
Persons: Xi Jinping, ” Xi, Xi, Organizations: Economic Cooperation, APEC Malaysia, REUTERS, BEIJING Locations: Asia, MALAYSIA, China
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