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An article in the New England Journal of Medicine caused a media firestorm on its appearance 29 January 2020. It revealed that cases of COVID-19 had not all originated from the Wuhan seafood market: human-to-human transmission was present from the outset.

cp.signals • weekly • domestic policy movement

Party chief Xi Jinping recognises the test posed by the coronavirus for his globally-promoted governance model. 

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Less than two days after the deal was signed, Xi Jinping made a state visit to Myanmar 17-18 Jan, his first foreign visit of 2020. His 2020 travel plans notably avoid Western countries so far.

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Of global significance, relations between China and Russia are less solid than rhetoric might suggest. Officially the two countries have never been closer, but a trust deficit compounded with diverging interests are felt by respected voices in China to undermine political, economic and social relations.

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The economy is slowing, admitted the CEWC (Central Economic Work Conference, 10-12 Dec 2019). It seemed uncertain about economic targets to be set for 2020; its report was uneven across economic sectors.

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A Politburo meeting at end November had concluded that SOEs (state-owned enterprises) comprise the pillars of the Party’s rule and the rejuvenation of the country. On 4 Dec 2019 a forum for non-Party representatives to solicit suggestions on next year’s economic planning was convened by the Central Committee.

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Stepping up efforts to reform state-owned asset supervision, SASAC (State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration) issued two high-profile reform policies in a week. The agency aims to boost performance, Party leadership and coordination among all levels of agencies supervising SOEs, over two to three years.