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China Daily / 2020-03 / 26 / Page008

Emergency G20 video summit must come up with the goods

China Daily | Updated: 2020-03-26 00:00

At a time when country after country has come to a virtual standstill and billions of people are being told to stay indoors, the special G20 video summit being hosted by Saudi Arabia on Thursday cannot be a virtual meet-and-greet for the leaders of the developed and major developing countries.

Instead, the leaders should use it to come up with a practical, coordinated response to address the novel coronavirus pandemic and its effects.

This is no time for dilly-dallying and the usual jostling for advantage. The pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on countries around the world, and it will have a huge impact on the global economy, which is set to slip into negative growth this year-"a recession at least as bad as during the global financial crisis or worse", International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva warned on Monday.

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