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China says downward pressure on trade, global economy rising due to coronavirus

Worker checks containers at a logistics center near Tianjin port

BEIJING (Reuters) - Downward pressure on China's foreign trade and the global economy is rising due to the coronavirus epidemic, Chinese customs said in a statement on Wednesday.

Customs said stabilising trade growth would be more difficult under the current circumstances and that dealing with coronavirus-related risks at China's ports would pose a major challenge.

(Reporting by Roxanne Liu, Huizhong Wu and Lusha Zhang; writing by Se Young Lee; editing by John Stonestreet)