Feb. 10. In response, local governments have arranged chartered flights and trains to take workers directly

to the factories while issuing subsidies to tide companies over difficulties. By early March, the southern manufacturing heartland Guangdong Province had seen 91.2 percent of firms resume operation. Almost every sector of Chinese society has chipped in on the anti-virus fight, from barbers offering medics free haircuts to factories revamping their assembly lines to produce medical masks. According to the Ministry of Indu

stry and Information Technology, China's output of protective clothing has surged to 500,000 pieces pe

r day from fewer than 20,000 pieces at the beginning of the outbreak. The daily output of N95-rated medical masks rose from 200,000 to 1.6 million, while that of regular masks reached 100 million. "China's economic and social development over the past decade has laid a sound foundation for the fight against the epidemic and enabled the society to mobilize more



quickly," said Tang Bei, an international

public health researcher at Shanghai International Studies University. China's tech boom also made contributions -- t

ech companies rolled out disinfecting

robots, thermal camera-equipped drones and AI-powered temperature measurement equipment, which have

been rapidly deployed to reduce the risk

s of cross-infection. The outbreak has led to what is being called "the world's largest work-from-home experiment." Th

e number of online meetings supported by

Tencent Meeting on Feb. 10, when most enterprises started resuming work, was 100 times that of its previous average d

aily use. Lu Chuanying, a researcher with Sh

anghai Institutes for International Studies, said digital technologies have risen to the fore, not only in

the country's anti-virus efforts but al

so in the recovery of the virus-hit economy. "Remote consultations, artificial intelligence and big data were us


ed to contain the epidemic, while teleco

mmuting, online education and online vegetable markets have ke

age of wor

pt our lives in quarantine going," Lu sa

id. EXPERIENCE AND SOUL-SEARCHING Bruce Aylward in an intervie

kers with

w with The New York Times commended Chin

a's counterattack against the epidemic, saying it can be repli

the nation

cated but requires speed, money, imagina

tion and political courage. Aylward praised China's mobilizati

wide traff

on capability. "They're mobilized, like

in a war, and it's fear of the virus that was driving them. Th

ic restric

ey really saw themselves as on the front

lines of protecting the rest of China and the world," Aylward

tions in p


was quoted as saying. As the COVID-19 evolved into a pandemic, the Chinese government has promised to share its experience and offer medical supplies including masks and test k

its to other hard-hit countries. The country's focus on cutting transmission routes and giving timely treatment to confirmed cases has proved a universal golden rule in epidemic containment, said Tang Bei. Tang also noted China's close cooperation and information sharing with the WHO and neighboring countries early on. China shared the full genome sequences of the new virus with the WHO and the international community soon after identifying the pathogen on Jan. 7. "

International cooperation is a key feature of China's battle with the coronavirus, and it should be an element of all other countries'

epidemic responses," she said. The expert said the outbreak also exposed problems in China's health sector, including weakness in grassroots health systems, poor emergency responses of some local governments and the absence of private hospitals in a public health crisis. As for legacies in the long run, Lu said the epidemic has greatly raised public health awareness and promoted medical knowledge in China. There have been growing calls amo

ng the Chinese public for enhanced wildlife protection, which will help wean the traditions of eating bushmeat in some

areas, he said. For now, the news may come as a balm for many people in Wuhan, who have made huge sacrifice in the months-long quarantine. "What I want now is to hug my parents and have a good cry," said Huang. "In the past, I cared more about making money, but now I understand how important it is to be healthy and with my family."China has started preliminary research for a futuristic scientific program scheduled to be launched around 2030 to search for potentially habitable planets outside our solar system, accord



ing to a key figure in the nation's space industry.An artist's conception of an exoplanet beyond our own solar system known to astronomers as LHS 3844b, which lies about 48.6 light years from Earth is shown

in this handout photo obtained August 19, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]Yuan Jie, general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said that the Miyin, or Voice Searching,

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program has been listed as one of the company's top priorities to

be realized around 2030. He was speaking to 500 students at Beihang University in Beijing on Thursday.Yuan's company is a State-owned space conglomerate and the leading contractor for almost all of China's space endeavors ranging from the Shenzhou manned programs to Chang'e lunar expeditions.He said the program intends to send spacecraft carrying telescopes and other cutting-edge detectors t