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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.13

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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act together, act now

China is part of the global campaign against the novel coronavirus pandemic. When it faced a critical situation, the international community stood behind it, providing moral and material support. Now that the situation is under control in China but deteriorating in some countries, the Chinese authorities are reciprocating the support by urgently sending medical teams, supplies and sharing information. The Chinese achievement in containing the disease can provide a valuable lesson to other countries where the infection is on the rise. This has been acknowledged by international health organizations repeatedly. On March 16, Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) China representative who had been on an assessment visit to Wuhan in central China, where the outbreaks were reported earlier this year, told UN News, “This lesson in containment [in China],…

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Transit Center A staff member registers an inbound passenger’s information at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on March 17. Beijing has converted the exhibition center into a transit center for inbound passengers from countries with high risks of COVID-19. The center, divided into different zones according to the destinations of passengers, is used for people showing no fever, cough or other symptoms during the health inspection at the airport. Hospital Reopens Over 600 medical workers from 22 Beijing hospitals have been assigned to work at the Xiaotangshan Hospital, which reopened on March 16 to treat patients with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the capital’s mounting pressure to handle imported cases. On March 16, the hospital tested 35 travelers transferred from the Beijing Capital International Airport, with one person from the…

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Export Rebate China raised export rebate rates for 1,464 types of products starting on March 20. The rebate rate for 1,084 products including ceramic sanitary ware was increased to 13 percent, and that for 380 goods including plant growth regulators to 9 percent, according to the Ministry of Finance and the State Taxation Administration. Higher export rebate rates will facilitate foreign trade by lowering operating costs and easing cash shortages for manufacturers, Li Xuhong, a professor at the Beijing National Accounting Institute, said. Bank Profits A majority of listed banks reported robust net profit growth in 2019, Economic Information Daily said on March 17. As of March 16, 24 of the 36 listed banks on the A-share market had released preliminary earning results, with their total net profits reaching 439.1 billion yuan ($62.7 billion), up 10.9…

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BANGLADESH Firefighters and local people spray water to extinguish a fire at a slum in Dhaka on March 11. The massive blaze swept through one of the largest slums in Dhaka, destroying hundreds of shanties and leaving thousands homeless INDONESIA A worker uses a mosquito fogger in a school playground in Jakarta on March 15 to kill aedes mosquitos that cause dengue fever. The country has detected over 17,000 dengue fever cases since January GREECE Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, in the role of an ancient Greek high priestess, lights the Olympic torch during the flame lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Olympia on March 12 AUSTRALIA Hot air balloons are released during the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular festival in Canberra on March 10 INDIA Youngsters celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors heralding the arrival of…

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people & points

TOP EPIDEMIOLOGIST’S VACCINE BREAKTHROUGH Chen Wei, an academician at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Military Medical Sciences, has made critical progress in developing a novel coronavirus vaccine with the support of her research team. The military medical expert team has been working in Wuhan in central China for more than a month to develop a recombinant subunit vaccine. It passed the registration review phase of clinical research and was approved for clinical trial on March 16. The vaccine has been approved for safety efficacy and quality by a third party. Chen said it was also ready for mass production. According to the World Health Organization, a recombinant subunit vaccine uses only a fragment of the pathogen to stimulate a protective immune response and is based on a relatively more mature technology. Chen, a…

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shared answers for shared problems

A video posted on the Internet on March 17 showed an unusually intense farewell. People crammed their balconies in a community in Wuhan, Hubei Province, waving and mouthing their gratitude through their masks: “Thank you for reaching out to us.” “Thank you for your hard work.” The appreciation was for the medical workers who had come from Tianjin in north China to help out with the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment and prevention and were leaving as the infection had been brought under control. On their way to the bus that would take them to the airport, the overwhelmed visitors waved back and said their farewell. “Please stay strong,” urged one of them. “I will come back to see this city when the disease is eradicated,” said another. It was the first…