Excerpt of Foreign Ministry Regular Press Conference on Feburary 1, 2021

Q: This is regarding the Indian ship stuck at Caofeidian port for many months. How long will China take to determine when the cargo can be unloaded? Why is the Chinese government not able to impress the charterer to let the ships leave the port or at least allow a crew change? Reports also suggest there is laxity in the provision of medical aid to the crew who are suffering. They are not getting the medical aid in time. What's your comment?

A: The relevant Chinese authorities have been in close communication with the Indian side, responding in a timely manner to their appeals and putting forward practical suggestions for crew change. We have provided necessary convenience and assistance while adhering to epidemic prevention rules.

As to whether the ship charterer is willing to adjust the shipping arrangement, it is the charterer's decision to make.

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