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China's Xi says China acted openly and transparently on COVID-19

BEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China acted in an open and transparent manner on the COVID-19 outbreak and that it had taken concrete efforts that helped save tens of millions of lives around the world during the pandemic.

Xi, speaking at a ceremony honouring role models during the country’s fight against the disease, said China is the first major economy to return to growth during the pandemic - a fact he said demonstrates the country’s strong abilities and vitality. (Reporting by Martin Pollard and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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