What forces were behind Lianhua Qingwen for it to get onto China’s medicinal pedestal so quickly? Let’s ask Mr Google. On typing “Xi Jinping, Chinese medicine” on google search, one would see 6,170,000 results in 0.33 seconds.
The first three excerpts were as follows:
Article 1 titled “Xi Jinping gave important instructions on developing and promoting traditional Chinese medicine, and he emphasised the essence of heritage and innovation in building a healthy China” (Source: Xinhuanet, 25 October 2019)
The excerpt of article 1 is as follows:
Xi recently made important instructions on developing and promoting traditional Chinese medicine, pointing out that Chinese medicine contains thousands of years of Chinese ideology and practical experience in health regimen. It is a treasure of Chinese civilisation that embodies the wisdom of China and the Chinese people. Xi stressed that we should follow the law of the development of Chinese medicine, pass on the essence, keep positive innovation, speed up the modernisation and industrialisation of Chinese medicine, adhere to the emphasis on the equal importance of Chinese and Western medicine, promote the complementary and coordinated development of Chinese medicine and Western medicine, promote the high-quality development of Chinese medicine and industry, promote Chinese medicine to the world, give full play to the unique advantages and role of Chinese medicine in disease prevention and treatment, and contribute to the construction of a healthy China and the realisation of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Article 2 titled “Today, let’s review General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important discourse on Chinese medicine” and compile Xi’s recent important instructions on Chinese medicine” (Source: Official Website of the State Administration of Chinese Medicine, Date: 8 March 2020)
The excerpt of article 2 is as follows:
On 25 January 2020, Xi presided over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the CCP and delivered an important speech: (i) to constantly improve the diagnosis and treatment program; (ii) to adhere to the combination of Chinese and Western medicine; and (iii) to expedite procedures in diagnosis confirmation, effective treatment drugs, and rescue measures for critically ill patients.
On 23 February 2020, Xi attended the meeting for overall promotion of coronavirus pandemic prevention and containment, and deployment in economic and social development. During the meeting, Xi delivered an important speech: (i) to increase the efforts in treatments of critically ill patients; (ii) to speed up the promotion of effective diagnosis and treatment programs; (iii) to strengthen the combination of Chinese and Western medicine; and (iv) to prioritise the use of highly effective drugs, advanced instruments and equipment on critically ill patients.
On 2 March 2020, Xi inspected the overall progress in research on preventing and controlling coronavirus pandemic and said, (i) to speed up the process of drug research and development; (ii) to adhere to the combination of Chinese and Western medicine; (iii) to accelerate the promotion and application of effective drugs that have been developed and screened; (iv) to select a number of effective therapeutic drugs according to the need for first-line treatment; (v) to explore new treatment methods; and (vi) to make the best effort to prevent patients with mild symptoms from transforming into critically ill patients.
Article 3 titled “Experts and scholars from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine discuss the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech at the symposium of experts and scholars” (Source: Official Website of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 5 June 2020)
The excerpt of article 3 is as follows:
On the afternoon of 2 June 2020, Xi presided over a symposium of experts and scholars and delivered an important speech. He said the combination of Chinese and Western medicine is a major feature of the pandemic prevention and control. It is also the essence of Chinese medicine heritage, and the vivid practice of positive innovation. Xi also said that the organisation and leadership of Chinese medicine should be strengthened to promote the complementary and coordinated development of Chinese and Western medicine.
When comparing the timeline of Xi’s “important speeches” to the speeches of the three academicians mentioned earlier and the State Drug Administration, it is not difficult to see the interconnections between them. Xi personally managed deployment work. The three academicians scrambled to promote Xi’s instructions. The State Drug Administration fully cooperated in approving the drugs and the relevant policies. The media beat the drums and shouted in unison to promote all the above. That was how the “miraculous medication” came into being.
Is this hyped Lianhua Qingwen really as miraculous as claimed? The facts will speak for themselves.
(to be continued)
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Original article: https://gnews.org/zh-hans/760328/
Translated by: rosabona
Reviewed by: 喜国公民
Editor: 阿斌 Ah Bin