tirsdag 17. mars 2020

How China’s military took a frontline role in the coronavirus crisis

Chosen by Chinese President Xi Jinping to help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the People’s Liberation Army has taken on some of China’s heaviest responsibilities at a time of great crisis, military experts said. Last week, Xi – who chairs the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) – chose the command centre at military-run Huoshenshan temporary hospital as the first stop of his first official trip to the capital of Hubei province the since outbreak began, reaffirming the PLA’s leading role in fighting the contagion.

Inside the three-storey building and 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the isolation complex where critically ill patients were treated, Xi told members of the PLA’s medical contingent by video link that the spread of the virus had been “basically curbed”, meaning it was contained within Wuhan, where it first emerged, and nearby cities.