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Chinese Embassy in Angola admits negative but limited effects on economy

China's ambassador to Angola, Gong Tao, admitted on Friday that the coronavirus (Covid-19) will have negative effects on the economy, but limited and provisional, showing optimism about economic relations with the African country.


Gong Tao, who was speaking in Luanda at a press conference, declared himself optimistic about economic relations with Angola, stressing that the two countries are "strategic partners" and while he admits that the epidemic may have "negative effects on normal exchanges" it will not "influence the deep friendship between the two countries".

The diplomat also considered that the influence of the coronavirus on the economy "is limited, partial and provisional" and expressed confidence that China will be able to achieve the economic and social development objectives it has set for this year.

To prevent the entry of the virus, the Chinese embassy has been in contact with the Angolan health authorities and working to strengthen health measures, Gong Tao said.

He also noted that the flow of chinese passengers to Angola has been decreasing and the chinese medical team "has been monitoring the health situation of the passengers" who are in quarantine.

Gong Tao said they would continue to strengthen cooperation with Angola and said that universities and the chinese community in Angola have been supporting Angolan students living in China, with financial contributions to buy masks and food.

"So far, according to my information, the Angolan community in China is fine and has no case of infection," he said.

At least 114 people, including 42 Angolans, 70 Chinese, one Brazilian and one Ivorian from China, are in quarantine in two centres in Luanda for medical checks on possible coronavirus contamination.


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