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ASEAN members pressed by China to lift travel curbs

Foreign ministers agree to cooperate on virus but show mixed feelings for Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for trade and travel between China and ASEAN to return to normal as soon as possible. (Photo by Yohei Muramatsu)

VIENTIANE/BEIJING -- As foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China gathered in Laos Thursday to discuss the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing used the opportunity to persuade countries to lift entry restrictions on Chinese travelers.

The ministers agreed to share information on treatment and epidemic control methods and promote joint vaccine development, according to a statement released after the meeting in Vientiane. They also pledged to "resume and enhance exchanges and cooperation" depending on the "progress of the prevention and control of the epidemic."

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