BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Beijing on Tuesday insisted on COVID-19 screening for travelers from China and threatened action against the countries involved, including the United States and several European countries.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said during a press conference, “We believe that the entry restrictions adopted by some countries against China lack scientific basis, and some excessive practices are even more unacceptable.”
“We strongly oppose attempts to manipulate COVID measures for political purposes and will retaliate based on the principle of reciprocity.”
Australia and Canada this week joined a growing list of countries that are requiring travelers from China to pass a COVID-19 test before boarding their flight, as countries increasingly eased restrictions on the coronavirus. battling the outbreak, which was in force for almost the entire pandemic.
The United States, Great Britain, India, Japan and several EU countries also imposed tough measures against Chinese travelers for COVID-19 amid fears of a lack of data on infections in the country and the spread of the new variant.
China, which for most of the pandemic pursued a “zero COVID” strategy with tough restrictions to eradicate the virus, abruptly relaxed protocols in December.
Chinese authorities previously announced that from January 8, travelers arriving from abroad would no longer have to quarantine upon arrival in the country, paving the way for people to leave the country again.