President Xi Jinping visits Ditan Hospital in Beijing on February 10 and holds a video conference with doctors in Wuhan who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Xinhua President Xi Jinping visits Ditan Hospital in Beijing on February 10 and holds a video conference with doctors in Wuhan who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Xinhua
President Xi Jinping visits Ditan Hospital in Beijing on February 10 and holds a video conference with doctors in Wuhan who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Xinhua
Xiao Qiang
Opinion

Opinion

Xiao Qiang

How Xi Jinping’s ‘controlocracy’ lost control of the coronavirus epidemic sweeping China and the world

  • Under the central government’s tight grip on all aspects of Chinese society, critical information about the virus was not made public in time
  • The death of a whistle-blower doctor has ignited public anger and intense resistance online, putting President Xi Jinping’s hi-tech censorship machine to the test

President Xi Jinping visits Ditan Hospital in Beijing on February 10 and holds a video conference with doctors in Wuhan who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Xinhua President Xi Jinping visits Ditan Hospital in Beijing on February 10 and holds a video conference with doctors in Wuhan who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Xinhua
President Xi Jinping visits Ditan Hospital in Beijing on February 10 and holds a video conference with doctors in Wuhan who are fighting the coronavirus epidemic. Photo: Xinhua
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Xiao Qiang

Xiao Qiang

Xiao Qiang, founder and editor-in-chief of China Digital Times, is a research scientist at the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley.