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[Comment] Offline: Towards a Pax Sinica?

One’s immediate impression on meeting China’s new Minister of Health, Ma Xiaowei, is his sense of humour. Laughter frequently punctuates his sentences. He discusses his love of Agatha Christie. Minister Ma has worked in the National Health Commission (Ministry of Health) for two decades. He knows the job and understands its enormous responsibilities. We met on what he pointed out was his 1-month anniversary in the role. Now is “a very critical period” for the health of the Chinese people. He identified two priorities.