Chinese envoy denies reports on tainted cherries are ‘retaliation’ against Chile



Sarah Zheng | SCMP

New ambassador Niu Qingbao dismisses concerns that stories about the imported fruit testing positive for Covid-19 had devastated exports. He says relations between the countries are at a ‘historical high’ and talks up prospects for more cooperation on 5G and lithium. 

China’s new ambassador to Chile Niu Qingbao denied that Chinese reports on imported cherries testing positive for traces of coronavirus were “retaliation” against the Latin American nation, and talked up the prospects for closer cooperation on 5G and mineral investment.

Niu, who was officially appointed to the ambassador role in early March, told Chilean newspaper La Tercera on Sunday that relations between the countries were at a “historical high”, dismissing concerns in Chile that stories circulating in China about contaminated cherries had devastated Chilean exports of the fruit
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