Community volunteers wearing protective face masks and gloves take the temperature of a man on a street in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Why Chinese President Xi Jinping called 170,000 cadres about the coronavirus epidemic

  • Xi addressed officials and military personnel around the country to make sure his words reached the provinces directly, observers say
  • Lower-level officials are used to interpreting Beijing’s edicts in their own way, insider says
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak
Community volunteers wearing protective face masks and gloves take the temperature of a man on a street in Beijing. Photo: AFP
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