Vietnam accuses Chinese ‘zero COVID’ policies of disrupting trade | International exchange
The Vietnamese Ministry of Commerce is calling on the Chinese authorities to reduce congestion at the border post.
Vietnam’s Commerce Ministry has called on Chinese authorities in Guangxi to take urgent action to reduce congestion at border crossings after China stepped up border controls with its neighbors to follow a zero COVID-19 policy, media reported of state.
Images and video footage from the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) showed thousands of trucks were stranded at the border following reports of imported cases of COVID-19 had been detected in Guangxi province.
“The anti-virus prevention measures that Guangxi is implementing under ‘zero COVID’ policies, including closing border gates or stopping fruit imports, are no longer needed,” VNA reported, citing a statement. of the Ministry of Commerce.
“This disturbance caused [a] negative impact on bilateral trade and heavy losses for businesses and people on both sides.
Guangxi trade officials said in response that they would increase the length of customs clearance and forward other proposals to higher authorities, according to the report.
China is Vietnam’s biggest trading partner and the biggest market for its fruits and vegetables.
The turnover of agricultural products between the two countries in the first 11 months of 2021 increased by 19.5% compared to the same period last year to reach 11.3 billion dollars, according to official data .