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China has been making enhanced efforts to stabilize foreign trade and help domestic exporters resume operations while strengthening epidemic prevention, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Despite the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, many Chinese exporters, including cross-border e-commerce firms and trading companies specializing in medical and meat products, have been operating normally since Spring Festival, said Li Xingqian, director general of the ministry's department of foreign trade.
"They have played an important role in expanding imports and ensuring domestic market supply," Li said at a news conference.
Since Feb 10, other exporters based outside Hubei province have gradually begun to resume operations, he said.
Exporters have accelerated the pace of restarting their operations, which is "in line with expectations", Li said, citing provinces where foreign trade has a leading role in the local economy.