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.
Since the centre’s initial response in early January 2020, the contagious virus has spiralled out of control. Hospitals exhausted capacity, medical supplies faced severe shortages, and quarantining became difficult.
2019-nCoV should catalyse further overhaul of wildlife legislation. The National People’s Congress decided 10 January to amend the Wildlife Protection Law in 2020, closing loopholes.
Party chief Xi Jinping recognises the test posed by the coronavirus for his globally-promoted governance model.
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.
SOEs (state-owned enterprises), the economic mainstay, are massively funded, yet remain inefficient and insubordinate.
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.
The promised interim Sino-US trade deal prompted a change of tone among policymakers.
The Central Rural Work Conference sets a course for rural and agricultural policy in 2020.
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.
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.
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, two to three years.