China's leaders shun masks at political event

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

It cited uncertainties arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, slowdown of the Chinese and global economies and the decline in worldwide trade as the reasons.

The Chinese mainland reported six new imported cases of the coronavirus disease on Saturday, which brought the total number of imported cases to 1,698.

China has actually reported greater than 82,000 coronavirus instances, with at the very least 4,633 fatalities, according to information from the nation's National HealthCommission The variety of brand-new infections rose rapidly in late January, triggering city lockdowns as well as across the country traveling restrictions. The session was attended by 2,057 CPPCC National Committee members.

President Xi Jinping sat right at the centre - the usual air of confidence missing.

China's top political advisory body started its annual session Thursday afternoon in Beijing, raising the curtain of a key season in the country's political calendar which also includes an annual gathering of the national legislature to open Friday.

Beijing has done away with the guideline that residents should wear masks while on outdoors, the first city in China and perhaps in the world to do so in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, signalling that the coronavirus is under control in the Chinese capital.

Attendees at Thursday's meeting paid a one-minute silent tribute to martyrs who died fighting COVID-19 and compatriots who lost their lives in the epidemic. To ensure the safety of meetings, all underwent three separate COVID-19 virus test at Macau International Airport, Beijing International Airport and their hotel in Beijing respectively.

Growth shrank 6.8 per cent in the first quarter, China's first contraction in decades, as containment measures shut down business activity.

Parliament spokesman Zhang Yesui said on Thursday the chamber will introduce a proposal for a national security law in Hong Kong, in a move the United States warned would be "highly destabilising" and which is likely to stoke further unrest in the financial hub.

The Basic Law gives Beijing the power to annex national laws into the document - which the local government must then legislate for or effectively impose by executive fiat.

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