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China calls for 'global firewall' to halt spread of COVID-19

G-20 world leaders urge cooperation to defeat virus

Visitors wear masks during the coronavirus outbreak at the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing.   © Reuters

JAKARTA/SHANGHAI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to strengthen his country's cooperation with other countries on COVID-19, stressing the need for a "global firewall" to reopen trade and to make vaccines available to all during a virtual summit of leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies.

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