China is concerned about other countries.
Beijing has denounced recently imposed testing restrictions on Chinese travelers and warned them to take action against the responsible nations.
After unexpectedly loosening the limitations that had been in place throughout most of the epidemic, China is now suffering a national outbreak of the coronavirus.
A number of governments, including the US, UK, India, Japan, and other European countries, have declared harsher curbs on travelers from China amid worries over the dearth of infection data and the potential for the emergence of new strains.
At a briefing, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated, “We consider that the entry restrictions established by some nations targeting China lack scientific basis, and some unreasonable acts are even more undesirable.”
“We will take countermeasures based on the concept of reciprocity. We are adamantly opposed to attempts to use the Covid measures for political ends.”
As Australia and Canada this week joined a growing list of nations asking travelers from China to undergo a Covid test before boarding their flight, the remarks were China’s toughest to date on the subject.
The US was one of many nations to support Covid testing.
When asked about the claim made by his Chinese counterpart, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price responded, “This is an approach that is based wholly and exclusively on science.”
Due to “the spike of Covid-19 cases in the PRC and the lack of adequate and transparent epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data being reported from the PRC,” Price added, referring to the People’s Republic of China, the measures have “serious public health concerns that underpin them.”
Price reaffirmed that the US was willing to share its Covid vaccinations with China, which has aggressively marketed its own vaccines abroad that international health experts claim are less effective.
Élisabeth Borne, the French prime minister, also supported the need for travel restrictions. Beginning on Wednesday, passengers traveling from China to France will need to show proof of a recent virus test that was negative and will be subject to random testing when they arrive.
She said on France-Info radio, “We are in our role, my administration is in its role, safeguarding the French.”
Treasurer Jim Chalmers of Australia said to national broadcaster ABC that “countries will make their own decisions regarding travel arrangements and how they manage Covid more generally” and that his country will not be intimidated by China’s threat of reprisal.
Pre-flight Covid testing, according to him, was not “particularly onerous” and was “compatible with the measures being done in other nations.”
“I don’t see it exactly like that, but there is clearly a lot of concern throughout the global health community about the transparency and quality of data that we get out of China on Covid,” Chalmers responded when asked if the requirement had been coordinated worldwide to put pressure on China.
Concerns over the veracity of China’s statistics on the spread and development of its outbreak led WHO officials to meet with Chinese scientists on Tuesday.
The experts had been invited by the UN organization to submit information on hospitalizations, deaths, and immunizations as well as precise data on viral sequencing.
According to a spokeswoman, the organization anticipated a “detailed discussion” regarding the circulated variants in China and around the world.
In contrast to the general trend, New Zealand announced on Wednesday that it will not demand travelers from China to present a negative Covid test.
The “zero-Covid” approach, which China used for the majority of the epidemic to impose rigorous regulations intended to eradicate the virus, was dramatically relaxed in December.
Prior to January 8, Chinese authorities declared that foreigners would no longer require quarantine upon arrival in China, allowing Chinese citizens to travel.