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Sun Feb 16, 2020, 07:24 PM

Xi's early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

Source: AP

By YANAN WANG

BEIJING (AP) — A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis.

The publication of the Feb. 3 speech was an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the Communist Party leadership had acted decisively from the beginning, but also opens up the Chinese leader to criticism over why the public was not alerted sooner.

In the speech, Xi said he gave instructions on fighting the virus on Jan. 7 and ordered the shutdown that began on Jan. 23 of cities at the epicenter of the outbreak. His remarks were published by state media late Saturday.

“On Jan. 22, in light of the epidemic’s rapid spread and the challenges of prevention and control, I made a clear request that Hubei province implement comprehensive and stringent controls over the outflow of people,” Xi told a meeting of the party’s standing committee, its top body.



A woman wearing a protective face mask receives a temperature check from a security guard as she enters Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot, in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country's leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 09:53 PM

1. Corona will hit GDP big time

First quarter very slow. Crawl or stall?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 10:07 PM

2. Bingo.

Leaned out global supply chains didn't evolve with pandemics in mind. The repercussions will be felt globally.

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Sun Feb 16, 2020, 11:47 PM

3. Xi is a little shit from a rat's ass.

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