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China contributes to an APEC fund for COVID - state media

China has financed the setup of a fund under APEC to fight COVID and fuel economic recovery, President Xi Jinping said during a virtual meeting of the Asia-Pacific trade group on Friday, according to Xinhua news agency.

China contributes to an APEC fund for COVID - state media

FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks via video link at the CPC and World Political Parties Summit, held to commemorate the 100th founding anniversary of Communist Party of China (CPC), in Beijing, China in this still image taken from a video July 6, 2021. CCTV via Reuters TV

BEIJING: China has financed the setup of a fund under APEC to fight COVID and fuel economic recovery, President Xi Jinping said during a virtual meeting of the Asia-Pacific trade group on Friday, according to Xinhua news agency.

Xi also said that China supports waiving the intellectual property rights of COVID vaccines and is willing to cooperate with other countries to ensure a stable and safe supply chain for vaccines.

On the topic of regional economic integration, Xi called for countries to build an open, fair and unbiased environment for digital commerce. He also reiterated a call to build a high-level Asia Pacific free trade zone as soon as possible.

Xi was speaking at an extraordinary meeting held by New Zealand, the revolving Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation host, ahead of a formal gathering in November, the first time such an additional meeting has been held.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Peter Graff)

Source: Reuters

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