Everyone is keenly interested Vice-Premier because there have been so many different reports about the COVID situation in China, creating concerns about the health situation, the impact on the economic growth potential, and the resilience and reliance on the supply chains. Enlighten us on the situation and what we can expect of the final normalization of the situation.
Vice-Premier Liu He – Thank you very much for your question. As you mentioned, we are shifting our focus from dynamic zero COVID to preventing severe cases. It started on 8th December last year, and since 8th January this year, we have begun to manage COVID as a class B infectious disease. That is a signal of reopening. First, the COVID situation is steadying and has passed the infection peak. Members of our society have returned to normal. There’s a short period between the infection peak and returning to normal, which is beyond our expectations. Second, living and production have been fully restored, and catering, tourism, and other consumption areas have been restored to normal.
I have received quite a surprising number from the Transportation Department that this year’s Chinese Spring Festival will see some five billion trips made on an enormous scale. That is why I said life has returned to normal in China. Third, the priority is to help the elderly and those with underlying conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Now we are working to address the priorities. As things stand, we can ensure the supply of hospitals, hospital beds, doctors, nurses, and medicine. Finally, all of you, my foreign friends, are welcome to visit China. The policy we’re taking right now is travelers only need 48-hour PCR test results upon entry, and there’s no quarantine and no other additional requests. All of you, friends from the international community, are most welcome to visit China. We will provide you with the best services. We need some time for transition on certain issues, but overall, there is no problem. I met several old friends yesterday. They told me they wanted to visit China for the Boao Forum for Asia, the high-level forum for development. That is also proof that things have normalized. Thank you for your question and thank you for your attention.
Dr. Klaus Schwab – Thank you Vice-Premier. We highly appreciate that you came to Davos. You came here with an important delegation just before the Spring Festival. Thank you for sharing with us the latest policies of the government of China, and on behalf of everyone here, I want to wish you a good year of the rabbit. Thank you very much.