New Delhi: Three days after India decided to impose restrictions on the export of antibiotics, vitamins as coronavirus crisis has hit supplies from China, the Chinese Embassy in India urged the country to review the epidemic situation and will adopt the objective and rational approach. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: DGCA Asks Airports to Screen Passengers Coming From Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia
“It’s hoped that Indian side could review the epidemic situation in an objective, rational and calm manner, handle with China’s much-needed items in a cooperative and constructive way, and resume the normal personnel exchanges and trade between us as soon as possible,” the Embassy of China said in a statement. The Chinese Embassy hoped that India will adopt an objective and rational approach.
The development comes as the Central government on February 21 took the decision to curb the export of medicines to China in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
However, on February 10, India had cleared some consignments of medical gear placed by China to combat the coronavirus.
The decision came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to President Xi Jinping expressing solidarity and offering help to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Writing the letter, Modi expressed solidarity with the president and people of China over the outbreak of the virus that has also infected over 40,000 people.
Prime Minister Modi also offered India’s assistance to China to face the challenge, besides conveying condolences over the loss of lives due to the outbreak.
Prior to this, the Central government on January 31 banned exports of all kinds of personal protection equipment, including clothing and masks used to protect people from air borne particles.
The exports of some of the medical gear has been banned by India, considering India’s own requirements as it is also preparing to combat its major outbreak in the country.