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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.10

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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all hands on deck

After a month of control measures, regions outside Hubei Province in central China have begun to report fewer or even zero novel coronavirus infections while the number of cured patients discharged from hospitals is increasing. Businesses and other organizations are restarting work in an orderly and secured way amid strengthened epidemic control. Even in Hubei, the most affected province during the outbreak, the number of newly confirmed and suspected cases is decreasing. However, while the situation in China is improving, there are signs of alarm in other countries. More countries and regions have reported increasing COVID-19 cases. The number of confirmed cases in Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States, Italy and Iran has been rising despite lesser known links with the outbreak in China. Though COVID-19 broke out in China, diseases…

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Welcoming Spring Residents in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province in southeast China, visit a park on February 25. Sea-Rail Service The sea-rail transport service between the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan and Yiwu, famed for the world’s leading small commodities market, has resumed daily operation. Both places are in Zhejiang Province, east China. On February 14, 45 containers of solar accessories arrived at the port via the railway, ready to be shipped to overseas markets. With the service resumed, more commodities from Yiwu are expected to reach global markets including Europe, the U.S. and Southeast Asia. The sea-rail transport management team has adopted “cloud working,” introducing online measures to ensure smooth operation. Dubbed the world’s supermarket, Yiwu sells commodities to more than 550,000 overseas buyers in more than 210 countries and regions every year. Fruit Train A train loaded with…

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Job Assistance The local authorities should provide targeted employment assistance to prevent people from falling back into poverty due to the epidemic, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development said in a circular released on February 24. Arrangements will be made so that migrant workers can return to work in a safe and orderly manner. Companies, poverty alleviation workshops and farmland irrigation projects should resume operation at the earliest in less affected regions. Allowances will be given to key enterprises that give preference to qualified poor workers in recruitment. Impoverished workers taking up temporary posts related to epidemic control will get subsidies. The local authorities should guide the financially disadvantaged laborers unable to leave the rural areas to prepare for spring…

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KENYA Farmers attempt to scare away desert locusts in Mwingi Town in Kitui County on February 20. A locust upsurge has affected countries in the Horn of Africa and beyond LITHUANIA Children read books at the Vilnius Book Fair, one of the largest book fairs in the Baltic region, in Vilnius, on February 23 FRANCE People visit the 57th International Agriculture Fair on the opening day at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center in Paris on February 22 INDONESIA Volunteers evacuate people from a flooded area in Jakarta on February 25 EGYPT Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who passed away on February 25, hold pictures of him at his funeral in Cairo on February 26 BRAZIL Dancers take part in a China-inspired samba show in São Paulo on February 23…

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people & points

NEW MFA SPOKESPERSON On February 24, Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department, debuted as the 31st MFA spokesperson and hosted the daily press conference. Born in November 1972 in Hebei, north China, Zhao worked in the Department of Asian Affairs in the ministry and embassies in the U.S. and Pakistan, and has accumulated a high level of diplomatic expertise and communication skills during his diplomatic career spanning 24 years. He was appointed deputy director general of the ministry’s Information Department in 2019. Zhao became a celebrity on Twitter when he worked in the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan from 2015 to 2019, due to his measured clarifications on China on several occasions on the social media. He became famous as a “wolf warrior” diplomat after a heated…

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unremitting efforts

President Xi Jinping on February 23 stressed the need for unremitting efforts in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic and coordination in advancing economic and social development. Xi, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at a meeting in Beijing. The Chinese nation has experienced many ordeals in its history, but it has never been overwhelmed. Instead, it has become more and more courageous, growing up and rising up from the hardships, Xi said. The epidemic situation remains grim and complex and it is now a most crucial moment to curb the spread, he said. Xi asked CPC committees and governments at all levels to continue to make unremitting efforts in various prevention…