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China Stops Visa Issuance to South Korea

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China’s Embassy has stopped issuing short-term visas to South Koreans.

The announcement comes a day after Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang, expressed concern about the restrictions.

This comes after Seoul imposed travel restrictions on travelers from China amid concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

It is Beijing’s first retaliatory move against countries that have introduced new measures on arrivals from China, which suddenly abandoned its strict zero-COVID policy in December, resulting in the virus spreading rapidly.

Written by: Helen Obih

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