torsdag 27. januar 2022

China Annoyed As U.S. Diplomats Seek COVID Evacuation From 'Safest Country'

China has aired grievances with the United States following reports that Washington is considering an evacuation of American diplomats and their families because of the country's strict public health measures.

A Reuters report said around one-quarter of U.S. embassy and consular staff would choose to leave "as soon as possible," amid concerns that Chinese health authorities could mandate hospital isolation and separate parents from children as part of a zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy. The U.S. government has failed to exempt American officials from the "intrusive pandemic control measures," sources told the news agency.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that the country's public health measures were rigorous and scientific, and its policies effective.