Overall, (our) exports (to China) are not affected. However, we must exercise caution particularly in importing foods and beverages (from China
Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) - Indonesia’s government will adopt a chary and selective stance in receiving imported goods from China, especially foods and beverages, to stave the entry of coronavirus through foodstuffs into the country, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto stated.

"Overall, (our) exports (to China) are not affected. However, we must exercise caution, particularly in importing foods and beverages (from China)," he stated after monitoring the prices of basic commodities at Wonokromo Market in Surabaya, East Java, on Friday.

The government could not suddenly halt the imports of foods and beverages from China since the move will harm the interests of importers that have inked contracts with Chinese exporters, he pointed out.

Hence, all parties should ponder over a good solution despite a slight decline in import value, he noted.

"Of course, we must take precautionary measure over the matter. At least, those who have ordered will surely think of how to reduce their imports now," the minister stated.

Chinese authorities declared the first case of coronavirus after a person, with pneumonia, was hospitalized in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, according to an official statement of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of Friday morning, death toll from the coronavirus outbreak increased to 213, with a total of 9,066 people testing positive for the infection while 12,167 others suspected of being infected. Related news: Jokowi directs military to bring home Indonesians in Wuhan

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