On July 14, China’s State Council Standing Committee approved a guidance opinion aimed at actively promoting “dual-use for peace and emergency” public infrastructure in 21 large and extra-large cities. Such infrastructure, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), refers to facilities that serve as tourist spots and rehabilitation centers during normal times but can be swiftly converted into quarantine and treatment centers during significant public emergencies.
On April 18, the NDRC held an on-site meeting in Pinggu District, Beijing, to promote such facilities. Many officials attended the meeting, including officials from seven government agencies such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Health Commission, and the National Development Bank, as well as officials from 21 large and extra-large cities including Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi’an.
Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), July 14, 2023