March 26, 2020 / 7:56 AM / 14 days ago

China says imports of some products affected by coronavirus epidemic

FILE PHOTO: March 17, 2020 picture of staff in protective suits accompanying a passenger outside a centralized facility for screening and registration near the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing as the country tries to contain imported cases of the coronavirus. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s imports of products such as electric machinery, transport equipment and energy and chemical products have been affected by the global spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the commerce ministry said on Thursday.

Ministry officials also said during a weekly online briefing that China will encourage local governments to roll out measures to support the sales of cars and new energy vehicles. China will also further expand imports in areas including energy and agriculture, they said.

Reporting by Jing Xu, Stella Qiu and Se Young Lee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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