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Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian (Photo:Medcom.id/Marcheilla Ariesta)
Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian (Photo:Medcom.id/Marcheilla Ariesta)

Indonesia Asked to Not Overreact over Coronavirus Outbreak

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Marcheilla Ariesta, Christopher Harindra • 04 Februari 2020 16:12
Jakarta: Indonesia has implemented a policy to temporarily prohibit flights to and from China to prevent the entry of the Novel Coronavirus (nCov). Indonesia's action is unfortunate for the Chinese Government.
 
"In our opinion, in this situation we need to be calm, no need to overreact so as not to have a negative impact on investment and trade," Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian said at a press conference at his residence, Jakarta on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
 
According to Ambassador Qian, China has paid special attention to Indonesia's actions. For him, banning flights to and from China and restricting food and beverage imports from China would only have a negative impact.

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"The action will harm trade cooperation between the two countries and have a negative impact on relations between the two countries," he added.
 
He emphasized that Indonesia is a neighbouring country and a good friend of China. Ambassador Qian hoped that Indonesia could be wiser in responding to this issue.
 
The Indonesian government will impose flight cancellations from and to all destinations in China, not including Hong Kong and Macau. This flight cancellations will take effect tomorrow Wednesday, 5 February 2020 at 00.00 Western Indonesian Time (WIB).
 

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