Despair and pride in China’s Wuhan as coronavirus lockdown eases

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Despair and pride in China's Wuhan as coronavirus lockdown eases

By Brenda Goh

Volunteers in protective suits work on disinfecting a shopping complex in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of China's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – Residents of China’s Wuhan city, ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic, have mixed emotions as containment measures are lifted and the community infection rate slows to a trickle, with some praising the government and others rueing the economic costs.

The strictest curbs on movement and business were in the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have emerged from a seafood market last year. The city of 11 million people accounts for about 60% of China’s total infections, which stood at 81,518 as of Tuesday.

That market is now boarded up, and an adjacent wholesale fruit centre is also closed with more than 100,000 yuan (11,411.78 pounds) worth..

Coronavirus: death toll climbs to 360, passing Sars fatalities in China – live updates

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Twenty French citizens evacuated from Wuhan show virus symptoms as New Zealand becomes latest to close its borders to travellers from China
Fury in China as footage appears to show officials taking doctors’ face masksBrazilians stranded in Wuhan issue plea to Bolsonaro for rescue11 more UK nationals to be flown back from ChinaPhilippines races to trace those linked to first death outside China 1.05am GMT
The Chinese news outlet, Tencent, is reporting new figures on the virus inside China.
The outlet, which as been very accurate during the outbreak now lists deaths at 361 and confirmed infections in China at 17,238.
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While we’re on the US, Donald Trump told Fox news the US has offered China “tremendous help” in dealing with the epidemic.
Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, in a separate interview, said China had been more open about the coronavirus than it has been in previous crises but had not yet accepted US offers of assistance.
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China launches 4 new technology experiment satellites

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XICHANG — China sent four new technology experiment satellites into planned orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province Thursday.

The satellites, launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 5:07 am (Beijing Time), will be mainly used for the new Earth-observation technology experiment.

The carrier rocket and two of the satellites were developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, the other two satellites were respectively developed by the Harbin Institute of Technology and the DFH Satellite Co. Ltd.

Thursday's launch was the 326th mission of the Long March rocket series.

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CPC members in military urged to implement Xi’s order to battle against epidemic

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BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) — Party organizations at all levels and Party members in the military must resolutely implement President Xi Jinping's order to win the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, according to a circular issued by the Central Military Commission.

Party organizations at all levels should deeply study and understand the important instructions made by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the circular.

The circular pointed out that the army's duty of epidemic prevention and control is a great trust of the Party and the people.

Chinese military enthusiasts expect new warplanes in 2020

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China's most advanced fighter jet, J-20, performs at the Chinese Air Force's “open day” event in Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin Province on Thursday. This is the second time the stealth warplane opened its side missile bays and showcased its short-range combat missiles. They were first revealed at Airshow China 2018. Photo: IC

Chinese military enthusiasts online are eagerly expecting new, homemade warplanes to debut in 2020, naming the next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet and the carrier-based early warning aircraft as their top wishes.

They also hope to see domestically developed aero engines finally equipped on J-20 stealth fighter jets.

The internet users' appetite was whetted by a statement from the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) last week, in which the country's main warplane developer announced the company would develop nine types of aircraft, conduct maiden flights for four types of aircraft, and receive a production permit for one type of aircraft in 2020.

While the development plan may not be revealed to the public immediately, the maiden flights are more concrete, as the military channel of news portal Sina held a vote on its social media platform Weibo, asking military enthusiasts online which type of aircraft they would like to see.

As of Wednesday, 42 percent of more than 4,000 votes went to the next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet, 28 percent the carrier-based early warning aircraft and 23 percent the twin-seat variant J-20 fighter jet.

While the new aircraft AVIC mentioned could include both military and civilian aircraft, China's military aviation equipment will definitely continue to see new progress in 2020, a military expert who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Wednesday.

China needs to develop a stealth-capable carrier-based fighter jet to form a complete set with the country's future aircraft carrier, air defense expert Fu Qianshao told the Global Times in a previous interview, noting details on the aircraft remain rumors.

A replica of China's carrier-based early warning aircraft was spotted years ago. This type of aircraft could amplify aircraft carrier's combat capability by acting as a command center in the sky, gathering information and coordinating vessels into a stronger strike force, experts said.

Photographers posted photos of a J-20, still single seat but equipped with homemade engines on Sina Weibo in late 2019, as military enthusiasts said they also wish to see this evolved version of the J-20 debut at the 2020 Airshow China, scheduled for November in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.

In a Friday Weibo post, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) indicated AVIC is developing an “X-20,” which internet users identified as the H-20 bomber.

Replying to comments under the post, SASAC said the X-20 was “coming soon,” but refused to confirm the H-20 speculation.

Analysts said the H-20 is unlikely to debut in 2020 and will take more time to develop.

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China military conducts combat-ready patrol to address current security situation across Taiwan Strait

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BEIJING, Feb.9 — The Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command organized naval and air forces to conduct combat-ready patrol on Sunday, said Air Force Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhi, Spokesperson for the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command, in a written statement.
According to the spokesperson, multiple weapons and equipment including destroyers, frigates, bombers, fighter jets, and early warning aircraft had participated in the patrol in a bid to test the integrated combat capability of multiple services. Among them, the Air force’s aircraft had flown through the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait and conducted targeted combat training.

The spokesperson said that Taiwan and its affiliated islands are the sacred and inalienable part of China's territory. The Chinese military’s combat-ready patrol is completely legitimate and is the necessary action taken to address the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and safeguard China's sovereignty.

The spokesperson also stressed that troops of the PLA Eastern Theater Command have the determination and ability to thwart all separatist activities for “Taiwan independence”, and will resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

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China’s Long March-5B carrier rocket arrives at launch site

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BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — China's Long March-5B carrier rocket arrived at the launch site in southern China's Hainan Province Wednesday after a week of ocean and rail transport, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

The rocket will take part in a joint rehearsal with the prototype of the Chinese space station's core module at the Wenchang Space Launch Center. It is scheduled to make its maiden flight and launch the prototype of China's new manned spaceship in April.

The Long March-5B is a modified version of Long March-5 rocket and will be China's first 1.5-stage large carrier rocket, according to Wang Jue, chief commander of the Long March-5 rocket.

The rocket is 53.7 meters long, with a diameter of five meters and a liftoff weight of 849 tonnes. It uses pollution-free propellant including liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen and kerosene. It has a carrying capacity of more than 22 tonnes in low-Earth orbit. It has the largest carrying capacity in low-Earth orbit among all Chinese rockets.

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Xi says nation can win total victory in NCP fight

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President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, has his temperature taken while inspecting novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at the Anhuali community center in Beijing’s Chaoyang district on Monday. JU PENG / XINHUA

President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China has the confidence and capability to secure full victory in the battle against the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak while also completing its socioeconomic tasks.

He made the remarks while speaking over the phone with Indonesian President Joko Wi­dodo.

Xi said he is confident that China will become even stronger and more prosperous after winning the fight against the epidemic.

In a phone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday evening, Xi said that since the start of the NCP outbreak, all of the Chinese people have united to make all-out efforts and take the most comprehensive and rigorous measures to prevent and control the contagion.

The country has launched a people's war against NCP, Xi said, adding that the measures China has taken have produced positive results.

Depending on the concerted efforts of the Chinese people, the advantage of the country's system that enables it to pool all available resources to deal with major problems, the strong material and technological support as well as abundant experience in responding to the contagion, China will win the battle to control the epidemic, he said.

Beijing has actively worked with the international community to deal with the epidemic, and has called on countries around the world to make united efforts in a rational way.

United States President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have expressed their support for China's efforts to fight the epidemic while talking with Xi over the phone.

Other leaders, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un, also expressed faith in their letters to Xi that under his leadership, the Chinese government and people have the capability to curb the spread of the virus.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen visited China on Feb 5 and had a meeting with Xi in Beijing to demonstrate his full support for China in the fight against the virus.

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Feature: Anti-epidemic veteran joins battle again in Wuhan

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By Wang Tonghua and Gao Liying

Huang Wenjie, this is a somewhat unfamiliar name.

Many young people at the Huoshenshan Hospital which is now operated by the Chinese PLA and is responsible for the treatment of the COVID-19 infection may have totally no idea when asked if they knew Huang Wenjie. However, it is a familiar name among Huang's senior peers.

If you use the search engine, you will find that he was the first one who successfully reported the first Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) case and treated the first SARS patient in 2003. He made a significant contribution to fighting SARS and was rewarded the first-class merit citation in 2003.

Huang Wenjie was in his 40s when fighting in the frontline against SARS in Guangdong 17 years ago. 17 years later, Huang turned 58 years old and the COVID-19 epidemic occurred. Huang, now the chief of Respiratory Medicine at the General Hospital under the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command, returned to the battlefield and serves as an expert in the PLA military medical team to Hubei.

A veteran’s true qualities

After entering the Huoshenshan Hospital, Huang took the lead to work like a repair worker and a cleaner. He checked everything including switches, sewer and AC to ensure that they function normally.

Huang Wenjie's ward began to focus on treating patients in serious and critical conditions on February 8.

A patient with serious conditions had a history of diabetes and hypertension, and his condition deteriorated rapidly after admission. Huang stood by the bed, carefully observed the patient's response, fine-tuned the ventilator parameters to ensure that he was given the most appropriate respiratory support treatment.

The patient suddenly coughed sharply, making people around very nervous. Huang Wenjie pulled out a tissue and handed it to the patient.

“Please be well protected,” the patient reminded. Huang Wenjie smiled slightly and said: “Relax, I am here to kill the virus!”

In those days when many people got worried talking about SARS in 2003, Huang often stood for half an hour in front of the patient's bed. Now, Huang always check the throat, listen to the breathing sounds in the lungs, and clear tracheal secretions for patients. “The closer you get to the diseased, the more details you can possibly obtain, and the treatment is more pertinent,” said Huang.

Huang Wenjie kept working from 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 until the admission and triage of all 45 patients were completed. It was until then that Huang became aware that his feet were numb.

“I thought I couldn't hold on at that time,” Huang Wenjie said. Seeing the painful eyes and critical state of the patients, Huang had only one thought: “We must save them.”

Having high blood pressure, Huang brought antihypertensive drugs before leaving for Wuhan. As long as staying in the “Red Zone” in his protective suit for a long time, He would feel chest tightness and shortness of breath. He had to try to regulate his breathing as much as possible, and never showed it to his colleagues. Occasionally, Huang would send his wife a WeChat message to let his wife know that he was doing ok in the middle of the night.

The wife understood his true voice: Huang is most worried about whether he could treat more patients, rather than his own health.

Aura of an old soldier

An old soldier never panics. Facing the epidemic, Huang Wenjie stated his reasons for participating in the fight: “There is no problem in my body and thus I am physically fit to the fight. I had studied in Wuhan and have been familiar with the regional environment. Most importantly, I have experience in fighting against SARS.” This time, Huang Wenjie once again became backbone of this team.

“What I admire the most is Director Huang's clinical acuity,” said Dr. Luo Gaoquan, “Although the treatment guidelines have formulated guiding principles, acute clinical judgement is needed for specific treatment.”

Huang proposed the principle of precise treatment based on the comprehensive judgment of the patient's basic disease, imaging performance, laboratory test results and clinical treatment response in order to achieve the best results.

Huang Wenjie and his medical team provide scientific treatment based on their extensive clinical experience. They have successfully treated 34 patients since February 26. When patients express their heartfelt thanks to Huang, he would always reply: “I am a doctor, and saving people’s lives is my job and my duty.”