Employees pack surgical masks at a production facility in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, on April 10, 2020. (Photo: China Daily)
China will continue to provide high-quality medical supplies and further enhance quality control of its exports to assist other countries in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, a commerce official said on Sunday.
Chinese firms exported epidemic prevention and control goods to 191 countries and regions by Saturday this year, showing China has not and never will restrict the export of medical supplies and will continue to provide high-quality products to assist other countries in fighting the contagion, said Li Xingqian, director-general of the Ministry of Commerce's department of foreign trade.
Chinese manufacturers sealed medical supply deals with 74 countries and regions, as well as six international organizations to provide 192 batches of medical products by Saturday, with a total contract value of $1.41 billion, data from the ministry showed.
A total of 72 economies and eight international organizations currently are conducting purchase negotiations with Chinese firms involving 129 batches of epidemic prevention materials, said Li, adding many countries have praised the quality of goods procured from China, proving reports of "export restrictions" by certain foreign media outlets is misleading and not in line with the facts.