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China says Wuhan is 'safe' and open for foreign investment

Locals question city's portrayal as model of pandemic containment

People stroll along Yangtze River in Wuhan on Sept. 3: The city accounted for 3,869 deaths, or 83% of China's confirmed total, as of the end of August. (Photo by CK Tan)

WUHAN, China -- Executives from 20 foreign companies visited Wuhan recently, invited to hear about a rebound in the city that was the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak back in December.

"Wuhan is a safe city," Ying Yong, the Communist Party secretary of Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, told the representatives from businesses such as Citibank and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca as well as foreign media based in China.

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