China's tough choices: Contain the virus or support the economy?
Fighting a war on two fronts is never easy. But that is the situation facing China's government: It is trying to contain the country's worst viral epidemic in 17 years, while also attempting to prevent its enormous economy from suffering a painful slowdown. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of workers want to return to their factories and offices - many of which stay shut following an extended Lunar New Year holiday - so that they can protect their livelihoods. But they remain stuck in far-away regions with transport links hobbled.