A woman buys pineapples in a supermarket in Xuwen county, South China’s Guangdong province, on March 6, 2021. [Photo/IC]

Citing the strict COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures including distribution of medical supply and daily necessities, some people have been claiming that China is returning to a planned economy. That is ridiculous.

People who equate the anti-pandemic measures with planned economy expose their outdated thinking. They believe there is only one form of market economy, that is, capitalist free market economy which the United Kingdom and the United States represent.

The fact is, China has been practicing socialist market economy for the past more than four decades. The laws and principles of market economy are not set in stone. Nor is market economy confined to one pattern. On the contrary, its forms are varied.

Factors such as history, culture and national…

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