Xi "reappears"; Rush to implement concentrated treatment and quarantine in Wuhan
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There are still no signs the outbreak is close to coming under control, and there are reports of more cities around China going into lockdown, though not to the extent Wuhan and other Hubei cities have closed down.
The latest the latest official figures on virus cases from Caixin:
24,421 confirmed cases in China;
493 deaths in China;
23,260 suspected cases in China
We are now seeing an intensified scramble to build and requisition more facilities in Wuhan to house thousands of suspected cases. Taoran Notes, which has been very active over the last few days writing on the epidemic, did not mince words about the absolute necessity of putting anyone with symptoms in Wuhan into concentrated treatment and quarantine facilities as the only way to arrest the spread of the virus. As Wednesday’s post 关注疫情防控 | 抓紧落实集中收治和隔离是压倒一切的事情 from Taoran Notes concluded:
If we do not make every second count to effectively control the source of infection and cut off the transmission route, the difficulty of epidemic prevention and control will soon increase dramatically.
It will affect not just Wuhan and Hubei, but all of China.
Therefore, concentrated treatment and quarantine, if not effectively implemented, is at best a dereliction of duty, at worst a crime.
This is not a question of willing or unwilling, should or should not, but of necessity.
There really is no other way.
Caijing magazine reported that Wuhan government has been ordered to hospitalize all confirmed infected patients by midnight Wednesday and test everyone suspected of being infected the end of Friday. They really are in a race with time and so far they are behind.
So much for those rumors about Xi, as this newsletter discussed yesterday. Xi reappeared on the CCTV Evening News in a report on his meeting with Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia.
Premier Li Keqiang also met with Hun Sen.
There must be a very good air filtration system in the Great Hall of the People, as the reports on the Xi and Li meetings showed no one in masks.
Speaking of the Great Hall of the People, will the “Two Meetings” still meet in early March? Yunnan and Sichuan are the only provinces that have not yet held their provincial people’s congress meetings, but given the lockdowns across the country it seems risky to move several thousand delegates from across the country into Beijing in less than a month. Might they meet over video links?
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The Essential Eight
1. The outbreak
Caijing magazine reported that Wuhan government has been ordered to hospitalize all confirmed infected patients by midnight Wednesday and test everyone suspected of being infected the end of Friday. “The General Secretary (Xi) has said in the meeting the day before yesterday, those who failed to do this may be cut (sacked).”
Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province plans to convert another eight existing venues, including gymnasiums, exhibition centers and sports centers, into hospitals to receive patients infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), local authorities said Tuesday.
Wuhan first converted three venues into hospitals Monday, with a total of about 3,400 beds.
So far, Wuhan has converted 11 venues into makeshift hospitals, with a total of over 10,000 beds. The conversion work on the 11 hospitals is expected to be completed on Feb. 5.
The sites, located in different districts of the city, will take in patients with mild symptoms caused by the coronavirus.
Jiang Rongmeng, a member of the Chinese National Health Commission’s team studying the virus, said inadequate medical resources in Wuhan were contributing to a higher mortality rate there.
“The medical resources in Wuhan, especially the ICU team, are not enough to deal with this severe treatment,” he said in an interview Tuesday with state broadcaster China Central Television. The death rate from the virus in the city is 4.9%, more than twice the nationwide 2.1%, according to the health commission.
The mortality rate — total deaths as a proportion of the number of confirmed cases — is running at 2.1 percent on the Chinese mainland, down from 2.3 percent at the onset of the outbreak, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
In Hubei province, the death rate of confirmed infections averages at 3.1 percent, while in Wuhan, the provincial capital, where the disease first surfaced, the mortality rate is estimated to be around 4.9 percent, according to the commission.
After excluding infections and fatalities reported in Hubei, the death rate in 30 other provincial-level regions on the mainland dropped to 0.16 percent, according to Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of the commission's medical administration and supervision department.
A dire shortage of intensive care specialists and hospital beds has contributed to the higher mortality rate in Wuhan, Jiao said.
A number of high-profile Chinese specialists, including epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan and Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, have predicted that this Sunday could be the peak of the outbreak.
Wang Chen, head of Chinese Academy of Medical Science said there is no evidence the epidemic has reached its peak. Wang also mentioned he and other top experts arrived Wuhan on Feb 1 and they noticed the biggest transmission source at the moment is the patients with mild symptoms but left unattended at home because there are no enough beds in hospitals.
China's National Health Commission on Wednesday said that 3,971 new suspected cases were confirmed as of Tuesday midnight in the mainland, with 1,957 in the epicenter of the outbreak, Central China's Hubei Province. There were 5,072 more cases on Monday (3,182 in Hubei) and 5,173 on Sunday (3,260 in Hubei).
The sharp drop on Tuesday is seen as a signal that strict control measures have gradually yielded positive results, Zhou Zijun, a public health expert at Peking University, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
"If new suspected cases continue to fall in the next few days, the inflection point [for the nationwide coronavirus epidemic] is expected in the near future," Zhou noted.
China’s ministry of public security held a meeting vowing to give first priority to “political security” and to “thoroughly prevent and harshly crack down on troublemaking and sabotage activities by hostile forces within and outside the border, so to resolutely prevent the spread of public health risk into the field of social stability”.
Xiaogan mayor Wu Haitao said on Saturday that the whole city needed 32,300 tightfitting N95 respirator masks, 150,700 surgical masks and 8074 protective suits in the next five days.
Conditions are similar in Huanggang, a city of about 7.5 million to the west of Wuhan.
Huanggang and Xiaogan were the top two destinations for the five million people who left Wuhan before the city went into lockdown on January 23, according to migration data from Chinese search engine Baidu.
Ezhou City in Hubei has a higher death rate than Wuhan, and is terribly lacking in medical infrastructure and supplies
Hangzhou and Nanjing issued notices saying all the residential areas will be put under “closed management”, which means the gates will be guarded by police officials and volunteers and no strangers will be allowed entry
In Zhejiang, a coastal province some 350 miles east of Hubei, several cities have over the past week put limits on how many times people can leave their homes, among a flurry of improvised measures to curb public activities.
In at least four major cities, with a combined population of more than 30 million, only one member of a family is allowed to go out every two days. Some households are issued a passport-like document and are required to carry it with them to buy groceries or take a walk outside.
In order to fight the novel coronavirus, Chinese society has been more mobilized than it was during the SARS period. It has become an unprecedented public health war. An increasing number of southern cities [Wenzhou, Hangzhou, where else?] heavily plagued by the epidemic are on lockdown or in a similar state. Citizens there are required to stay at home and only one family member is allowed to go out to buy necessities every other day or longer. All people there have paid the price...
Everyone is faced with tests in this people's war. Let us all keep pace with the national mobilization rather than hinder the battle against the virus. We will eventually be awarded for jointly fighting the epidemic.
The community grid management system was first initiated at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2013 for building a better, more efficient and modernized platform for social management and services. It was intended to divide populous urbanized areas into "grids," or various blocks and communities, to let high-tech digital platforms, social volunteers and local police jointly and actively find and handle social issues for the residents, so that the management and service over the whole society could be improved, news website people.com.cn reported.
Currently, as the whole country is fighting the coronavirus epidemic, the Global Times reporters learned from various provinces, cities and municipalities that the grid management system is playing a crucial and essential role in mobilizing different forces to better serve the patients, locate suspected infected residents, educate and help people to prevent infection, distribute medical materials and daily necessities, and maintain public order.
A man infected of the coronavirus in Fujian faces a charge of “endangering public security” after he lied about his travel to Wuhan and went to a large Chinese New Year banquet, said the local procuratorate. He transmitted the virus to a couple others and the government has to put more than 4000 people under quarantine.
The discipline inspection authorities in China have strengthened supervision and taken strict measures to deal with unqualified and derelict officials during the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
According to a set of guidelines recently issued by the MOE, colleges and universities should make full use of all kinds of quality open online courses and laboratory resource platforms to organize online education activities.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to give $100 million to help "strengthen detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations; and develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics."
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and China's richest man, will commit $14.4 million through his foundation, designating $5.8 million for two Chinese government research organizations working on a vaccine.
Central Propaganda Department is sending 300+ journalists to Wuhan and Hubei for “frontline reporting.”
The focus of the authorities is on controlling the source and then pushing reporting and framing by trusted Party-state media as “authoritative” information. The instructions are as follows:
Reports concerning the epidemic must take [information from] authoritative departments as the standard. Sources of articles must be strictly regulated (严格规范), independent reporting (自采) is strictly prohibited, and the use of non-regulated (非规范) article sources, particularly self-media (自媒体) is strictly prohibited. Without joint arrangements [with authorities], daring to use outside media reports is strictly prohibited. When distributing authoritative reports, the original meaning of the news must not be twisted, such as through “misleading headlines” (标题党). Pop-up means must not be used to push unregulated articles or information, unverified information and information that might have a negative influence. Do not render commentary on our global mobilization to purchase prevention and control materials, in order to avoid interference with our overseas purchasing work. Do not render commentary on the economic impact of the epidemic, resolutely preventing talk of the Chinese economy being undermined by the epidemic. On the extension of the Spring Festival holiday in various locales, do not collect [information], do not make comparisons, and do not relate this with hyping or commentary to the impact on economic development.
Once a crisis seems like it could cause social instability — especially when public blame appears to shift from the local to the central authorities — the government starts reining in the media and tries to co-opt it into delivering a unified, official message. Even Hu Xijin, the editor of the nationalistic Global Times, has called out the Wuhan government for silencing whistle-blowers in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. On the other hand, some critical articles about the epidemic — though not necessarily the hardest-hitting ones — have already vanished from the internet.
Those from Hubei have aired their despair about the fear and loathing they face. A woman told the Chinese newspaper Time Weekly that her housemates locked her out of her Beijing apartment. In the northern city of Shijiazhuang, neighborhood committees offered bounties of $280 to anyone who reported someone who had visited Wuhan. An apartment block in Shenzhen cut off water to force tenants from Hubei to register after returning to the southern city.
In Jiangxi's provincial capital, Nanchang, hotels asked guests to answer surveys asking if they had traveled to Hubei. A receptionist at a major international chain assured a visitor that there were no guests from Hubei in the building. "We've rejected them all," he said.
China is advising doctors to consider mixing Western antiviral drugs with traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of the coronavirus.
2. Xi “reappears”
Noting that the Chinese government and people are currently doing their utmost to fight the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus, Xi said: "A friend in need is a friend indeed as the Cambodian people stand with the Chinese people at this special moment."
Xi said Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and his mother, former Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, had specially extended sympathy and support to the Chinese side.
Moreover, the Cambodian prime minister had expressed strong support to China on many occasions and even made a special tour to China on Wednesday, which demonstrated unbreakable friendship and mutual trust between the two sides and showcased the essence of building a community of shared future of the two countries, said Xi, adding China deeply appreciated Cambodia's such moves...
In the face of the epidemic, some countries have adopted some extreme restrictive measures, which are not desirable. What is more terrible than the epidemic is the panic itself, he [Hun] said.
CCTV Evening News report on the meeting - 习近平会见柬埔寨首相
Hun Sen also met Li Keqiang. Li does not look sick either, as some of the rumors were claiming
Bold move by Hun Sen, wonder how he will be rewarded.
Comment: Xi also chaired a meeting of the Commission for Overall Law-based Governance of the CPC Central Committee, though the reports had no pictures of the participants.
President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater legislative, law enforcement, judicial and law observance efforts to strengthen the capacity to carry out law-based infection prevention and control.
Xi...made the statement when presiding over the third meeting of the Commission for Overall Law-based Governance of the CPC Central Committee...
Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu and Wang Huning, who are deputy heads of the commission, attended the meeting...
Xi spoke of the need to improve legislation related to epidemic prevention and control, strengthen the building of supporting institutions and improve punishment procedures.
Laws and regulations on epidemic prevention and control and emergency response must be strictly enforced, risk assessment be improved and decisions be made prudently and in accordance with the law, Xi said.
He also stressed strict enforcement of law on prevention and control of infectious diseases and the regulation regarding its implementation, laws on wildlife protection and animal quarantine, as well as the regulation on public health emergency response.
Xi called for a severe crackdown on illegal activities and crimes ranging from resisting epidemic prevention and control efforts, assaulting medical workers, manufacturing and selling fake products, to rumor-mongering that undermines epidemic prevention and control efforts.
Comment: This was the top story on the Wednesday CCTV Evening News, but no images of the participants 习近平主持召开中央全面依法治国委员会第三次会议强调 全面提高依法防控依法治理能力 为疫情防控提供有力法治保障
3. Economic Impact
Starting on Sunday, cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao and Suzhou have rolled out policies to support small and medium-sized enterprises by reducing their burdens of loans, rent and social security payments.
The city of Beijing has extended the collection period of social insurance premiums to the end of July for companies in tourism, catering and other hard-hit industries, allowing them to delay their payment during the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Suzhou in China's major export province Jiangsu has asked banks to increase financial support to small and micro-enterprises. It also said small and medium enterprises leasing state-owned properties will have their rent waived for one month and halved for another two months.
Meanwhile, Suzhou, Shanghai and Qingdao have proposed to return half of the unemployment insurance premiums paid in the previous year to employers that do not lay off workers.
The State Council, China's cabinet, on Wednesday released tax exemption and loan policies to support key enterprises to increase supplies for the novel coronavirus containment.
A State Council executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, called for efforts to secure the supply of key medical products and necessities of life.
The nonhuman toll of the coronavirus epidemic may be many of China’s small and medium-sized businesses, even with the support of local governments that have cut taxes and rents, according to companies interviewed by Caixin.
“There is no way we will return to a normal labour market anytime soon,” said Li Cheng-hung, president of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland, a business group that includes tens of thousands of Taiwanese-owned companies all over China.
At least 60 cities have banned property sales offices from opening their doors to the public to prevent contagion
Regulators over the weekend agreed to extend a grace period for banks struggling to meet a deadline on the most stringent shadow banking curbs. The central bank has turned on the spigots to calm concerns, and banks are being directed to boost lending, lower rates and extend repayment schedules in stricken areas.
Nike became the first big consumer company to cite impact from the virus on its business. Rival brand Adidas AG followed suit Wednesday, saying it has closed a significant number of stores in China and franchisees are doing likewise
Some are sceptical as to whether manufacturing will resume as normal on Monday, given the virus is still spreading, albeit at a slower rate in recent days. Huge numbers of migrant workers are trapped in parts of China that are under an official lockdown covering more than 60 million people, while many others are in areas unofficially closed off by local officials.
Two films originally set for theatrical release during the Lunar New Year holiday in China instead premiered online amid calls to avoid public gatherings, as the country’s coronavirus epidemic, which has crippled many businesses, come as a boon to its video streaming industry.
Some of the country’s leading display panel makers operate their factories in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. Since the city was locked down Jan. 23 for disease control, many of those manufacturers have been hit by supply shortages.
Zhuhai Huafa Group, Sichuan Kelun Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and China Nanshan Development (Group) Co., Ltd. have completed the issuance registration of a total of 2.1 billion yuan (over 300 million U.S. dollars) of ultra-short-term financing bonds...
Huafa issued 1 billion yuan of ultra-short-term financing bonds, and 500 million yuan of the raised funds will be used to supplement the group's demand for liquidity funds following its donations to epidemic-hit areas and relief of rent for merchants affected by the epidemic
Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes smartphones for global vendors including Apple (AAPL.O), has filed requests to reopen factories with Chinese authorities, the source said, adding that a full resumption was not possible until late February due to various travel restrictions imposed to curb the virus.
China’s aviation fuel sales were down a quarter during the last week of January as domestic and international flights fell sharply amid the spread of the coronavirus, a senior oil industry source with direct knowledge of the matter said.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology -- based in the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic -- has applied for a patent in China for the use of the antiviral drug, known as remdesivir, in treating the ailment. The application was made on Jan. 21 together with a military academy, according to a Feb. 4 statement on the institute’s website...
“The good thing in having a patent is that it would lead to cross-licensing situations that give China more bargaining chips in negotiating the licensing fee with Gilead,” said Wang Yanyu, a senior partner at AllBright Law Offices in Beijing.
S&P analyst Ming Tan said in a research note that the initial impacts of the coronavirus “seem worse than Sars,” following the shut down of at least 15 cities in Hubei province where the disease first emerged.
A factory owner in Jiangsu was detained for five days for resuming production before the government-approved date. Local governments have installed these limits to delay the return of workers because of the epidemic.
Ding Yifan, a senior fellow with the State Council's Development Research Center, said the epidemic’s impact on Chinese economy is “limited”. He also suggested “some forces in the US” have been spreading rumors and panic in a hope to interrupt China’s development.
4. Frontline reports
Caixin interviewed a Wuhan ICU doctor who said the authorities set the bar too high for confirming new coronavirus diagnoses an infected patient, that many medical workers have been infected, and he mentioned a pregnant woman died of the virus because his family couldn’t afford the medical bills and gave up. The government only announced later that it will pay all the medical bills.
Hu is one of dozens of physicians in Wuhan who have been infected with the virus they are trying to contain, as medical staff struggle to protect themselves and their families while dealing with an ever-growing number of patients. More than 3,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Hubei, the province where Wuhan is located, on Tuesday alone.
The respiratory disease specialist’s first encounter with the outbreak came Jan. 8. His employer, the Third People’s Hospital of Hubei Province, reassigned Hu to the outpatient department, to help his colleagues deal with a sudden surge in fever and pneumonia cases.
Traversing Wuhan by car and foot over the past two weeks has exposed the contrast between the clenched-smile optimism of government propaganda, and the sounds and sights of a city beleaguered by confusion, anxiety and frustrations.
The idea for the project came to Cui Xiaohui, a professor at Wuhan University’s Big Data and Cloud Computing Lab, after he and his students realized how badly hospitals — and especially those in the countryside — needed certain medical supplies. Though the students also want to develop online platforms to serve their local communities, they decided their first project should prioritize frontline medical workers, Cui told Sixth Tone.
Mr. Zhang, who wears a powder blue protective suit, face mask and goggles when driving, is not permitted to transport residents suspected of having the coronavirus. The ambulances are supposed to handle that. Most of his passengers are poor, elderly residents who don’t have children or whose family is outside Wuhan and can’t come home because of the quarantine.
Comment: Initium article from late January on a number of deaths in Wuhan in January from "viral pneumonia", but that were not tested for the new virus and so not counted
The announcement comes as the Chinese authorities said (link in Chinese) Monday they were looking the more than 4,000 passengers on a Jan. 19 to Jan. 24 trip from Guangzhou, Guangdong province, to Vietnam aboard another cruise ship, the World Dream. At least three of the passengers on that journey have tested positive for the new coronavirus
t was a second wave of American evacuations after an earlier flight arrived last week. Days in quarantine on military bases were expected as part of a strict and highly unusual protocol federal officials have put in place to slow the spread of the outbreak.
estimated 5,000 Chinese tourists
Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said 29 people, including four family members who are Chinese nationals, would be evacuated, as well other Brazilians who live outside Wuhan.
A Canadian man on a flight from Toronto to Jamaica falsely announced to passengers that he had the coronavirus, forcing the plane to return to the airport where he was arrested, police said on Tuesday.
“For decades, China has taken advantage of the United States; now we have changed that, but at the same time we have perhaps the best relationship we have ever had with China, including with President Xi,” Trump said.
People's Daily Zhong Sheng attacks America and certain US politicians, including Sen Tom Cotton for being unhelpful and trying to take advantage of the epidemic
The success of the CPC has led to the destruction of some Westerners' hopes, so the rise of China under the leadership of the CPC is, of course, the greatest threat to American hegemony.
The truth is, no hegemonic order can last for a long time. The likes of Ross, Pompeo and Bannon know this better than anyone else. They are well aware of the limited opportunities and time window available to suppress China's rise.
The plan would build on efforts by some U.S. telecom and technology companies to agree on common engineering standards that would allow 5G software developers to run code on machines that come from nearly any hardware manufacturer. That would reduce, if not eliminate, reliance on Huawei equipment.
Companies including Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc. are part of the effort, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said.
“The big-picture concept is to have all of the U.S. 5G architecture and infrastructure done by American firms, principally,” Mr. Kudlow said in an interview. “That also could include Nokia and Ericsson because they have big U.S. presences.”
The gathering, currently scheduled for Feb. 28, will bring together policymakers to hammer out differences after the U.S. Commerce Department withdrew a rule aimed at further reducing foreign shipments to Huawei Technologies amid pushback from the Pentagon, one of the people said.
The meeting, which is expected to include high-level officials from the Commerce, Defense, State and Energy Departments, is aimed at resolving disagreements over how best to approach the blacklisted Chinese company and the broader war with China over technological dominance.
Chinese consul general Huang Ping expressed gratitude to the United States, and especially the NBA, for providing support for China’s efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak that is spreading around the globe.
“While China is bravely fighting the virus, people from United States and all over the world are offering massive support in preventing and controlling this outbreak,” he said at a media briefing at the consulate in New York.
This issue brief assesses the commitments undertaken by China’s government, and draws out their implications for the United States.
Forget the trade war. If the gravest challenge of the 21st century is finding ways that China and the United States can coexist competitively, the real danger is that an unexpected incident might trigger a conflict that neither side has anticipated or could possibly control. The likeliest potential flash point is the South China Sea.
By Zhou Bo, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army
Taiwan affairs offices across the mainland have established working groups for epidemic prevention and control, and maintained close communication with Taiwan compatriots, businesses and associations, said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, during an interview.
A spokesperson of the cross-Strait affairs office of central China's Hubei Province on Wednesday said compatriots willing to return to Taiwan will receive further assistance.
Xing Junzhi, also deputy director of the provincial office, called on Taiwan authorities to fully consider the feeling of the compatriots in Hubei and their demands and strengthen cross-Strait cooperation to facilitate their travel as soon as possible.
Xing made the remarks after learning that Taiwan authorities refused pending charter planes that are scheduled to send more Taiwan compatriots back to the island on Wednesday and Thursday, citing limited admission capacity.
8. Hong Kong
All travellers from mainland China entering Hong Kong, including local residents, would be required to go into quarantine for 14 days, the city’s leader said on Wednesday, as she also disclosed the government was setting aside a HK$10 billion (US$1.2 billion) fund to tackle the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
CEO says situation faced by Cathay ‘just as grave’ as 2009 global financial crisis
In a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize committee, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and James McGovern -- the Republican and Democratic heads of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China -- recommended awarding the prize to the “countless and often anonymous individuals [who] risked their lives, their health, their jobs, and their education to support a better future for Hong Kong.
Politics and Law
China's No. 1 central document prioritizes poverty relief, improving rural weak links - Xinhua Agriculture, rural areas and farmers' issues remain China's top priorities for the 17th consecutive year as this year's "No. 1 central document," released Wednesday, stressed poverty alleviation and improving rural weak links. As the first policy statement released by China's central authorities each year, the document is seen as an indicator of policy priorities. This year it urged efforts on two main tasks -- winning the battle against poverty and strengthening areas of weakness concerning agriculture, rural areas and farmers, as the country strives to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects this year.// The document: 中共中央 国务院关于抓好“三农”领域重点工作确保如期实现全面小康的意见 and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Chanfu explains the document 韩长赋解读中央一号文件：抓好“三农”工作 确保全面小康
自治区召开疫情防控工作视频会议 陈全国出席并讲话 会议指出，疫情发生以来，以习近平同志为核心的党中央高度重视，习近平总书记亲自指挥、亲自部署，多次召开会议、听取汇报，作出重要指示，充分体现了习近平总书记人民领袖爱人民的真挚情怀，充分体现了党中央对各族人民群众生命安全和身体健康高度负责的责任担当，为做好疫情防控工作提供了根本遵循。要认真学习贯彻习近平总书记的重要讲话重要指示精神，坚定不移把各项工作落实落细，坚决打赢疫情防控阻击战。
Foreign and Defense Affairs
Chinese military officials made secret visit to Cambodia weeks before mysterious drone crashed - Australian Broadcasting Corporation A high-level delegation of Chinese military mapping experts visited a Cambodian naval base in December, three weeks before a huge Chinese surveillance drone crashed in the adjoining province, according to a leaked document obtained by the ABC.
Thailand scraps China-led project to blast open Mekong River - Reuters Thailand has scrapped a Chinese-led project to blast rapids on the Mekong River that had been opposed by local people and environmental groups, a government spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Canadian governments give Huawei millions in funding while debate rages over its 5G role | Vancouver Sun Canadian governments have provided millions in funding to Huawei and academic researchers collaborating with it, most of the grants designed to enhance the company’s 5G prowess, records indicate.
Epoch Times, Punished by Facebook, Gets a New Megaphone on YouTube - The New York Times The Epoch Times is one of the most mysterious fixtures of the pro-Trump media universe. It was started 20 years ago as a print newspaper by practitioners of Falun Gong, the persecuted Chinese spiritual practice. In recent years, the paper has made inroads into top Republican circles. Mr. Trump and his advisers have shared Epoch Times articles on their social media accounts, and last year, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, sat for an interview with an Epoch Times editor. Representative Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, called it “our favorite paper.”
China's Xi may postpone state visit to Japan amid virus outbreak - The Mainichi Chinese President Xi Jinping may postpone an upcoming state visit to Japan to deal with a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 400 in his country, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry - Elcano The fifth edition of the ETNC report shows how US unilateralism and Chinese assertiveness have triggered a rethinking of the EU’s strategic landscape. Despite the differences between EU member states, its key finding is that all the countries analysed are in a similar position. They all consider the US their most important ally and they all depend on its military protection, but they also want to do as much business with China as possible.
Assuring Taiwan’s Innovation Future - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace This paper examines five pressing challenges to Taiwan’s innovation future and proposes an array of specific solutions to promote Taiwan-based innovation, better leverage partnerships with U.S. and other international players, and bolster Taiwan’s standing in the global marketplace.
Women’s Power Index | Council on Foreign Relations left out Taiwan and President Tsai
Biggest Buyout Fund in Taiwan Eyes Ageing Tycoons for Deals -Bloomberg The group, which says it manages about $2.3 billion in proprietary and third-party capital, may also strike one or two buyouts in Taiwan this year, after privatizing specialty chemical maker Jintex Corp. in 2019. More than one-quarter of 1.5 million small and medium-sized Taiwanese companies have at least two decades of history, and are likely to seek new ownership as their founders enter retirement. That’s according to CDIB Capital, whose president says it’s the right time for private-equity money to jump in.
Tech and Media
TikTok Eyes Larger Post-Super Bowl Marketing Push - WSJ $$ TikTok plans to increase efforts to promote its brand this year, particularly around large sports events, building on the ad it ran twice during Fox Corp.’s live stream of the Super Bowl.