Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Remarks on the US Department of State Announcement on the "Authorized Departure" of Personnel from the US Consulate General in Shanghai
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Republic of China
Q: On April 9, the US Department of State announced voluntary "authorized departure" from China for US personnel and their family members at the US Consulate General in Shanghai. The US side also made accusation against China's anti-epidemic policies. Do you have any comment?
A: The US announcement of authorizing the voluntary departure of US personnel and their family members at the US Consulate General in Shanghai is the US' own decision. However, it should be pointed out that China's anti-epidemic policies are science-based and effective, and we are fully confident that Shanghai and other places in China will prevail over the new wave of the epidemic. Relevant Chinese authorities and local governments have provided foreign diplomatic and consular personnel in China with assistance and convenience to the maximum extent possible under the policies. We are strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the US side's groundless accusation against China's epidemic response policies, and have lodged solemn representations with the US side.
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