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A boat (foreground) carries samples from passengers aboard the cruise ship Westerdam (background) off Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on Thursday. The cruise ship, which has 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members and has been turned away by four governments due to fears amid the coronavirus outbreak, anchored off Cambodia on Thursday for health checks.Heng Sinith/Ap

Virus control, development balance sought

A key Party meeting presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has underlined the need to coordinate the control of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak and economic and social development.

TOP NEWS

China's action draws praise from WHO

Leaders of the World Health Organization have applauded China's massive response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus multiple times in recent weeks, and they have also been challenged by some skeptical reporters as to why they kept praising China.

CHINA

Production of face masks speeding up

China is able to serve front-line healthcare workers' urgent needs for medical masks to fight the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, as the country's current manufacturing of masks is at 94 percent of capacity, the country's top economic regulator said on Thursday.

WORLD

Japan to let elderly leave virus-hit liner

TOKYO-Japan will allow some elderly passengers on a quarantined cruise liner who test negative for the novel coronavirus to disembark ahead of schedule, the health minister said on Thursday, as a further 44 new cases were confirmed aboard the Diamond Princess.

BUSINESS

Smartphone makers brace for long haul

As the world's biggest show in the mobile communications industry, the Mobile World Congress, or MWC Barcelona 2020, was canceled this year amid concerns about the virus outbreak, Chinese company Xiaomi Corp unveiled its latest smartphone on Thursday.

DISCOVER SHANXI

Shanxi teams join in fight to beat virus

Twenty-five patients cured of the novel coronavirus were released from the No 1 People's Hospital of Xiantao on Feb 10, thanks to the dedicated efforts and hard work of a medical rescue team from Shanxi province and doctor Yuan Dajiang in particular.

COMMENT

Change in frontline commanders sign defense has turned to attack

Having seemingly successfully contained the novel coronavirus epidemic in Hubei province, the Communist Party of China Central Committee demonstrated its firm intent to bring the epidemic to an end in the province by changing the leaders on the front line of the fight against the virus on Thursday.

GLOBAL VIEWS

Pragmatic view of relations

As the United Kingdom has now left the European Union, it will have to perceive China in a new light given the changes in its position within Europe and in the global context. In the past few years, there have been frequent shifts in positions and contradictions in the UK's China policy. In light of the rising competition between Chinese and Western paradigms and values, the UK has been using hawkish posturing to make a point about its self-importance. But the UK is, after all, a pragmatic country which is realistic in its belief that "there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, only permanent interests".

LIFE

Cultural legacies

The prominent oil painter Jin Shangyi donated 35 of his works to the National Art Museum of China at the opening of his third solo exhibition there in April.

LIFE SHANGHAI

Slicing into the future

After folding a piece of red paper in half, Li Shiyi carefully trims off a portion before unfolding the paper to reveal an auspicious design of two mice holding a gourd.

SPORTS

Tiger chases history on hallowed ground

There is perhaps no more symbolic place for Tiger Woods to make history than at Riviera Country Club, the venue for this week's Genesis Invitational.

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