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Authorities may have underestimated the danger posed by the coronavirus. Perhaps they were concerned that a genuine assessment of the situation might cause public panic and jeopardize economic and social stability

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in December 2019, Wuhan in Hubei Province remains at the forefront of the battle against the fatal contagious disease.

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, coal has always been the country’s most important energy resource.

Since 2010, Beijing has initiated three rounds of development projects in its southern area encompassing the districts of Fengtai, Daxing and Fangshan.

At the end of December 2019, a regulation on guaranteeing payments to migrant workers was released by the State Council which will go into effect on May 1.

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The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China released a statement on February 13, appointing former Shanghai mayor Ying Yong as Party Secretary of Hubei Province and Wang Zhonglin, former Party secretary of Jinan, Shandong Province, as the new Party Secretary of Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, the center of the Covid-19 outbreak.

As local government debt worsens, urban investment companies find themselves in serious trouble

Society

A survey on rural poverty by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that the number of poverty-stricken people in rural areas, defined as those with a net annual income of less than 2,300 yuan (US$338) per capita, had declined by 66.8 percent to 5.51 million by the end of 2019, with the poverty ratio, those in poverty as a percentage of total population, dropping to 0.6 percent.

After a sinkhole in Xining swallowed a bus and killed 10 passersby, attention has been drawn again to the prevalent issue of urban land subsidence

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