The two sides wrapped up their negotiations on the bilateral FTA on July 20.
"Once there is a new vaccine, a new testing strategy, this can be useful for further testing," Mahdi said. Enditem
"After all, what would happen to business confidence if governments assumed that they could extort private enterprises at will?" Wei added.
"They are showing us the way to establish a good lab," Mahdi said, noting that an important feature of the lab is its ability to receive samples around the clock all days of the week. Thirty lab workers are divided into three shifts, enabling the lab to complete 700 to 1,000 tests a day.
However, concerns have been raised as Iraq has become the new epicenter of COVID-19 in the Middle East. On Friday the MOH registered the highest daily increase of 3,461 confirmed cases, the worst in Middle East countries. The tally of infections has reached 144,064 cases.
"It is certainly something that we can achieve together," he said.
Xiong Wei with Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, said the new route allows low-cost small commodities like mobile phone cases and toilet covers to be shipped via charter flights, thus providing a new export channel for small and medium-sized businesses.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has recently affirmed that China rejects any attempt to create a so-called "new Cold War," said Professor David Castrillon of Externado University in Colombia's capital Bogota.
China rejects any attempt to create so-called "new Cold War": FM
Over the past 40 years and more since the two countries entered into diplomatic ties, several generations of Chinese and Americans have worked together to advance China-U.S. relations, Wang said.
Li pointed out that Prime Minister Rajapaksa has been long committed to promoting the friendship between the two countries.