China-Japan Environment Forum Postponed Amid COVID-19 Surge In Beijing

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An online forum between China and Japan organized to discuss cooperation on energy-saving and environmental protection has been postponed due to widespread COVID-19 infections in Beijing, organizers said Friday.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission, an organizer of the event originally scheduled for December 24, has requested the postponement, saying more than half of its staff either contracted the coronavirus or became close contacts of those infected, according to sources close to the matter.

Since the Chinese government significantly relaxed its strict “zero-COVID” policy last week, major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have seen the virus spread rapidly, although official data is no longer reflective of the reality on the ground as frequent PCR testing is no longer required.

“We are upset and angry about the sudden postponement, but cannot say anything as it was caused by the spread of the coronavirus and there appears to be confusion” in…



Source: Leadership Newspaper