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China should abandon GDP target and focus on fighting crisis

Numerical goals do not mean much when people and businesses are suffering

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Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan on Mar. 10: it is a suitable time to consider what the economic effect of the shutdown has been.   © Xinhua/AP

Nearly eight weeks have passed since the Chinese government locked down Wuhan, the city at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak. The epidemic now seems to have finally been brought under control, within the Chinese mainland at least, and business, driven to a near halt, is slowly restarting.

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