Belt and Road Initiative helps traditional Chinese medicine go global
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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has shown good momentum in expanding worldwide, and there should be more good products to be exported in the future, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday.
"Many TCM products have been well received by foreign consumers, and more should be put in the global market," said Wang Guoqiang, head of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, on the sidelines of the country’s ongoing first plenary session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) which is being held from March 3 to 13 in Beijing.
He said countries along the Belt and Road have shown a growing interest in TCM which has demonstrated a strong momentum as an export.
Wang made the remarks in response to the news about the popularity of a Chinese traditional cough syrup among New Yorkers this flu season.
TCM is now practiced in 183 countries and regions across the globe, with 86 of them signing agreements with China to promote TCM, according to Wang. A total of 17 TCM centers have been set up worldwide and a series of standards in the sector have been created, which are signs of TCM's growing global appeal, he said.
Despite the popularity TCM has received so far, Wang said there’s still a long way to go for it to get global recognition.
"TCM theories differ greatly from that of Western medicine, and it takes time for the world to accept TCM and the traditional Chinese culture imbedded in it," he said, adding that TCM's strengths, such as less invasive and cheaper treatments, could help it go global.
He also emphasized that whatever things are beneficial to people’s health would be the focus of their work. 
“In particular, Chinese traditional medicine can not only help cure diseases, but also help prevent diseases. It can help reduce the chance of getting sick and delay the chance of getting sick,” he said.

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