Pandemic geopolitics: is China winning?

THE ECONOMIST 🔒| This year started horribly for China. When a respiratory virus spread in Wuhan, Communist Party officials’ instinct was to hush it up. Some predicted that this might be China’s “Chernobyl”—a reference to how the Kremlin’s lies over a nuclear accident hastened the collapse of the Soviet Union. They were wrong. After its initial bungling, China’s ruling party swiftly imposed a quarantine of breathtaking scope and severity. The lockdown seems to have worked. The number of newly reported cases of Covid-19 has slowed to a trickle. Factories in China are reopening. Researchers there are rushing candidate vaccines into trials.


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