URGENT: China overcomes pandemic, achieves economic development: Xi

President Xi Jinping said Thursday that China has overcome the impact of the pandemic, underscoring his confidence that the world’s second-biggest economy has brought the novel coronavirus outbreak under control. China has “made great achievements in coordinating prevention and control and in economic and social development,” Xi said in his televised speech on New Year’s Eve. Although the number of new infections has apparently peaked in late February in the mainland, the virus, which was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has spread and raged across the globe.

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