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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.12

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 introspection

It is time for the international community to introspect on the direr situation the world would have been in without China’s resolute and effective measures to contain the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Disaster always brings out what lies in the human heart. The outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, central China, triggered two different reactions in the international community. One was of goodwill, hoping that China would defeat the virus and offering assistance. The other was of viciousness, manifesting in scurrilous attacks on China and labeling COVID-19 “the Wuhan virus,” and even “the China virus.” Where did the virus originate? It remains an unsolved mystery, especially with detection of the infection in individuals and communities in other countries that have no links with China or the Chinese. Attacking China or Wuhan because…

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Consumption Desire Chinese people are ready to spend generously after the measures to control the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are lifted, according to a survey conducted by the consumers council of Jiangsu Province in east China. The survey collected answers from 21,192 respondents in the province from February 25 to March 1. It found that 89.6 percent of the respondents had suppressed the desire for dining out and shopping as well as going to movie theaters, gymnasiums and tourist spots. In China’s nationwide efforts to curb the epidemic, citizens have been encouraged to stay at home since the end of January to avoid infection, while stores and shopping malls have suspended operation or greatly reduced their hours. Cities also imposed various travel restrictions. Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, gymnasiums and tourist spots are…

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Alibaba Upgrade Leading digital payment platform Alipay unveiled a three-year plan on March 10 to support the digital transformation of 40 million service providers by working with 5,000 independent software vendors. “We want to build new infrastructure for a digitalized service industry by upgrading Alipay into a digital lifestyle platform,” Simon Hu, CEO of Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial, said at the first Alipay Partner Conference held on the same day. Alipay has been upgraded to improve daily life services, with multiple sections for handy services including doorstep delivery and others related to greengrocers, supermarkets and pharmacies. Alipay also announced that it has rolled out a supportive plan to help merchants undertake digital upgrades, as well as an incentive program that encourages developers of mini programs. Launched in 2004, Alipay serves 900 million domestic users…

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JAPAN People mourn the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima on March 11. The massive disaster left over 15,000 people dead ITALY Shoppers wait to enter a supermarket to purchase essential supplies and food items in Milan on March 11, the day when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered closure of all shops except pharmacies and supermarkets across the country till March 25 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus MALAYSIA New cabinet ministers take oath of office before the king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, in Putrajaya on March 10. Muhyiddin Yassin succeeded Mahathir Mohamad who resigned as prime minister on February 24 SWITZERLAND World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declares the novel coronavirus disease outbreak a pandemic at a press conference in Geneva on March 11. The infections have spread…

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people & points

UFC CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENDED Zhang Weili, China’s first and only Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world champion, successfully defended her strawweight title at the UFC 248 in Nevada, the U.S., on March 8. She is also the first East Asian champion in UFC history. The UFC is a U.S. mixed martial arts organization based in Nevada. The strawweight category is for contestants weighing between 48 kg and 52 kg. Zhang defeated Polish Muay Thai specialist Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Before the game, Jedrzejczyk posted a mocking poster on social media that depicted her wearing a gas mask while standing behind Zhang, accompanied by laughing emojis. “I don’t like trash words in the cage. We should be a model for the later generations,” 30-year-old Zhang said following her victory. “It’s been a very hard way coming here since the novel coronavirus…

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a shot of confidence

Wearing a mask like everyone else and regular dark clothes, President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, Hubei Province, on March 10, where he inspected a hospital treating patients with novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and a residential community. He met people who have been fighting the epidemic at the frontline and expressed appreciation for their hard work. During the visit, Xi said the situation in Hubei and Wuhan has shown positive changes, with the spread of the virus there basically curbed. “Initial success has been achieved in stabilizing the situation and turning the tide,” he said. He also pointed out that the task of prevention and control remains arduous, and pledged to continue taking epidemic prevention and control as a task of paramount importance. His visit is a confidence boost not just for China…