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Chinese gov't gives Japan 12,500 coronavirus test kits for free

This supplied electron micrograph shows the new coronavirus that was first identified in central China's Wuhan city. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- The Chinese government has given Japan 12,500 coronavirus test kits for free amid the spread of the new virus, the Chinese Embassy in the capital's Minato Ward announced on its website.

According to the embassy, 250 boxes of the test kits were offered to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Feb. 14 in a bid to support the health and safety of the people of Japan as the country is running low on the kits.

China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying tweeted in Japanese on Feb. 20, "China and Japan are neighboring countries separated by only a narrow strip of water. There are no borders in the fight against the virus."

Chartered flights recently dispatched by the Japanese government to evacuate its citizens from the coronavirus-stricken province of Hubei transported protective suits, face masks and other items to China. Beijing had shown appreciation in response to Tokyo's support.

(Japanese original by Ryuko Tadokoro, Political News Department)

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