China Says US, Other Countries’ COVID Restrictions ‘Political,’ Vows Payback

Countries worldwide are tightening COVID-19 restrictions on travelers from China amid the country' latest nationwide outbreak of the virus.
A couple buy a sugar-coated Chinese haw to a child at the Qianmen pedestrian shopping street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. As the virus continues to rip through China, global organizations and governments have called on the country start sharing data while others have criticized its current numbers as meaningless. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

At a glance

  • Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the United State and several European nations have announced tougher measures in recent weeks amid concerns over a lack of data on infections in China and fears about a new variants emerging – including passing a COVID test prior to boarding a flight.
  • China’s ruling Communist Party on Tuesday called the new restriction and suggested payback.
  • “We are firmly opposed to attempts to manipulate the COVID measures for political purposes and will take countermeasures based on the principle of reciprocity,” said China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning.

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