US President Donald Trump has accused China of hiding true infection and death numbers, but whatever they are, they would not help the US improve its international standing or its capacity to overcome the pandemic. Photo: Reuters
Chee Yik-wai
Opinion

Opinion

Chee Yik-wai

Western calls for greater Chinese transparency on the coronavirus reflect a clash of culture

  • As the US and Europe demand more information sharing, neither Beijing nor Chinese people share the Western value that transparency is intrinsic to good governance. Nor do they believe public institutions must always be subject to checks and balances
US President Donald Trump has accused China of hiding true infection and death numbers, but whatever they are, they would not help the US improve its international standing or its capacity to overcome the pandemic. Photo: Reuters
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