A worker wearing a protective body suit stands near a framed picture of President Xi Jinping at a dairy factory in Beijing on February 27. Photo: EPA-EFE A worker wearing a protective body suit stands near a framed picture of President Xi Jinping at a dairy factory in Beijing on February 27. Photo: EPA-EFE
A worker wearing a protective body suit stands near a framed picture of President Xi Jinping at a dairy factory in Beijing on February 27. Photo: EPA-EFE
Minxin Pei
Opinion

Opinion

Minxin Pei

How China’s coronavirus crisis exposes the Achilles’ heel of Communist Party power

  • The party’s initial mishandling of the outbreak has eroded support among China’s urban middle class
  • The brief but intense eruption of public criticism is a taste of how such missteps can threaten the social contract on which the party’s legitimacy is built

A worker wearing a protective body suit stands near a framed picture of President Xi Jinping at a dairy factory in Beijing on February 27. Photo: EPA-EFE A worker wearing a protective body suit stands near a framed picture of President Xi Jinping at a dairy factory in Beijing on February 27. Photo: EPA-EFE
A worker wearing a protective body suit stands near a framed picture of President Xi Jinping at a dairy factory in Beijing on February 27. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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.