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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.6-7

Beijing Review is China's only national newsmagazine in English. It is published every week in Beijing, by the China International Publishing Group (CIPG). Launched in March 1958, Beijing Review reports and comments on the country's social, political, economic and cultural affairs, policy changes and latest developments. It also offers in-depth analysis on major regional and international events, and provides consulting and information services.

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time for solidarity

The novel coronavirus outbreak reported in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei Province in central China, in late December has spread far wider since then. Cases have been reported in nearly two dozen countries and regions as of early February and the first death outside China was recorded in the Philippines. The World Health Organization (WHO) determined it to be a public health emergency of international concern on January 31 and is offering assistance to countries, especially those with a weak public healthcare system. This is a time for the international community to unite in their efforts. The virus is the common enemy of all, like the H1N1 flu epidemic that broke out in Mexico and south of the United States in April 2009 and the Zika virus outbreak reported in Brazil…

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A Golden Performance On February 1, Chinese table tennis players Chen Meng (top right) and Wang Manyu (top left) play in the women’s doubles final match at the 2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open in Magdeburg. They won the gold. Training Amid nCoV In the midst of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak Chinese athletes are training behind closed doors for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games. “They are training in closed-doors camps in various domestic and overseas cities in preparation for qualifying tournaments and the Olympic Games,” Liu Guoyong, Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), told Xinhua News Agency on February 2. “Until now, no athlete from the national team has reported or is suspected of being infected with the virus,” he stressed. “We will do our best to prevent any athlete…

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Logistics Activity China’s logistics activity slowed in January due to the impact of the Spring Festival holiday, industry data showed on February 3. The logistics performance index for January came in at 49.9 percent, retreating from 58.6 percent in December 2019, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. A reading above 50 percent indicates expansion while a reading below reflects contraction. He Hui, Director of the China Logistics Information Center, attributed the slowdown to cyclical factors such as the Spring Festival holiday. As China is intensifying efforts to curb the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), he said the emergency will affect logistics demand in the short term, but production and consumption will be unleashed when the situation improves, which will pull the sector’s growth onto a stable track. The employment sub-index for the sector was 48.6…

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PALESTINE Palestinian protesters shout at Israeli soldiers during a protest against the U.S. Middle East peace plan in the West Bank city of Hebron on February 2. Palestine reiterated its rejection of the peace deal, describing it as a “declaration of hostility” against Palestinians YEMEN A Yemeni father and daughter wait for a medical flight at the Sanaa International Airport in Sanaa on February 3. The World Health Organization announced that day that the first flight carrying Yemeni patients in critical need of treatment had left the rebel-held capital UNITED KINGDOM Forensic officers work at the site of a terrorist-related incident in Streatham, south London, on February 2 UNITED STATES A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on January 31. U.S. stocks ended sharply lower that day, with the Dow plunging…

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people & points

VIRUS FIGHTER RETURNS Zhong Nanshan, born in 1936, is a specialist on respiratory diseases. Heading a National Health Commission expert panel, he is conducting research on the novel coronavirus. He was the first to report that the virus can transmit between people on January 20. Since graduating from the Beijing Medical College (today the Peking University Health Science Center) in 1960, Zhong has been engaged in clinical practice, teaching and scientific research on respiratory health. Appointed as the head of an expert task force, Zhong made great contribution to the fight against the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in Guangdong Province, south China, in 2003, and became a household name across China. He was president of the Chinese Medical Association from 2005 to 2009. Now, he is the head of the Guangzhou Institution…

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an all-out war

In Chinese mythology, the Spring Festival is a celebration after dispelling an imaginary monster called nian by bursting crackers and pasting auspicious red paper strips on doors. This year, China has been grappling with a real monster—the 2019-nCoV. As of February 6, there were 31,211 confirmed infection cases in China, with 22,112 in Hubei. The death toll was 637 while 1,542 people were cured and discharged from hospital. Some 190 confirmed cases were also reported in about 20 more countries. On February 3, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee met to discuss how to double efforts to contain the outbreak. President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said not just medical and healthcare but “all work should serve…