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Treasurer Jim Chalmers says he's not concerned about China threatening retaliatory action with new COVID testing requirements due to come into effect.
Travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau will need to return a negative COVID test within 48 hours of departure from Thursday despite Australia's chief medical officer recommending against the new measure.
China criticised the measures, threatening to retaliate with reciprocal measures.
Australia has introduced mandatory Covid testing for travellers arriving from China, Hong Kong and Macau (stock image)
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said the entry restrictions targeting China lacked scientific basis.
'We are firmly opposed to attempts to manipulate the COVID measures for political purposes and will take countermeasures based on the principle of reciprocity,' she said.
'New strains can emerge anywhere, so there is no need for special entry restrictions on China.
'China always believes that the epidemic prevention measures of various countries should be scientific and appropriate, and should not take the opportunity to engage in political manipulation, discriminatory practices, and normal personnel exchanges, exchanges and co-operation should not be affected.'
But details of the measures remain unclear, with China already requiring a negative test within 48 hours of departure and travellers only able to board a flight with a negative result.
China is fighting a nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus, with hundreds of millions of people possibly contracting the virus.
It came after the country abruptly eased restrictions that were in place for much of the pandemic.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers says mandatory testing was implemented in Australia as a precaution despite conflicting advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.
China criticised the measures, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning (pictured) saying the restrictions lacked scientific basis. She added that China would