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China and ASEAN set emergency meeting on coronavirus

Foreign ministers look to forge regional response in Laos next week

Vietnamese citizens repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan arrive at Van Don airport in Vietnam on Feb. 10.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are preparing to hold an emergency meeting of their foreign ministers this month to discuss the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

A diplomatic source from an ASEAN member confirmed that a meeting is being planned. The foreign minister from that country will attend, the source said.

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