A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective face mask stand on guard at Tiananmen in Beijing on January 28. China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands have been infected, and over a hundred have died. Photo: AFP A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective face mask stand on guard at Tiananmen in Beijing on January 28. China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands have been infected, and over a hundred have died. Photo: AFP
A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective face mask stand on guard at Tiananmen in Beijing on January 28. China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands have been infected, and over a hundred have died. Photo: AFP
Minxin Pei
Opinion

Opinion

Minxin Pei

How China’s coronavirus crisis, like the Sars epidemic, was worsened by the Communist Party’s penchant for secrecy

  • The Chinese government’s early response to the coronavirus outbreak was to tightly control information, hampering containment efforts. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the next time will be better

A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective face mask stand on guard at Tiananmen in Beijing on January 28. China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands have been infected, and over a hundred have died. Photo: AFP A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective face mask stand on guard at Tiananmen in Beijing on January 28. China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands have been infected, and over a hundred have died. Photo: AFP
A paramilitary police officer wearing a protective face mask stand on guard at Tiananmen in Beijing on January 28. China’s initial mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak means that thousands have been infected, and over a hundred have died. Photo: AFP
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Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the author of China's Crony Capitalism.