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Li Keqiang’s press conference on 28 May was in many ways a cameo of the Two Sessions as a whole. Registering the epidemic’s grave impact, the premier’s empathy with worried families and the jobless was on show. Yet the display of emotion served as a foil for his confidence in the economy.

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The economic agenda for 2020 was set out by Premier Li Keqiang 李克强 in his Government Work Report (22 May). A GDP growth target was avoided, in favour of ‘six protections’, above all jobs. Targets included adding over 9 million new urban jobs.

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Always a centrepiece of Beijing’s political and policy calendar, this year’s Two Sessions are of exceptional interest. Arriving finally on 21 May, the week-long meetings will bear the marks of the pandemic crisis and its aftermath.

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Regulators are working to save Basic Medical Insurance funding for top quality medicines. NHSA plans to change Reimbursable Drug List management.

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COVID-19 and global trade

COVID-19 is rewriting China’s trade narrative. Beijing expects a ‘longish time’—code for up to ten years—to digest the international ‘new normal’, no longer just a domestic headache. Analysts urge rewarming ties within Asia, where trade interdependence is greater.

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During the pandemic, overwhelmed doctors took to AI-assisted diagnostic software to initially assess scans. AI is also used to screen existing medicines for a possible cure or treatment while vaccine research is ongoing.

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Online health racked up awesome statistics during the crisis. Ping’an Good Doctor, a leading online app, saw new registrations grow tenfold, average daily visits ninefold through the Spring Festival, with over 1 bn visits overall.