Ballet dancer Ashlee Montague wears a gas mask as she dances in Times Square, New York, on March 18. About two-thirds of coronavirus cases are occurring outside China now. Photo: Reuters Ballet dancer Ashlee Montague wears a gas mask as she dances in Times Square, New York, on March 18. About two-thirds of coronavirus cases are occurring outside China now. Photo: Reuters
Ballet dancer Ashlee Montague wears a gas mask as she dances in Times Square, New York, on March 18. About two-thirds of coronavirus cases are occurring outside China now. Photo: Reuters
Brian YS Wong
Opinion

Opinion

Brian YS Wong

Coronavirus: amid the shrill, polarised criticism of China’s response, give credit where it’s due or risk missing important lessons

  • A lack of nuance in critiquing China’s response is neither accurate nor helpful, and any serious discussion can only proceed by acknowledging Beijing’s successes as well as failures. As Europe and the US struggle with the pandemic, useful lessons may be lost

Ballet dancer Ashlee Montague wears a gas mask as she dances in Times Square, New York, on March 18. About two-thirds of coronavirus cases are occurring outside China now. Photo: Reuters Ballet dancer Ashlee Montague wears a gas mask as she dances in Times Square, New York, on March 18. About two-thirds of coronavirus cases are occurring outside China now. Photo: Reuters
Ballet dancer Ashlee Montague wears a gas mask as she dances in Times Square, New York, on March 18. About two-thirds of coronavirus cases are occurring outside China now. Photo: Reuters
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Brian YS Wong

Brian YS Wong

Brian Wong is a DPhil in Politics candidate at Balliol College, Oxford, a Rhodes Scholar (Hong Kong 2020), and the founding editor-in-chief of the Oxford Political Review.