Pedestrians walk through the Qianmen area of Beijing on October 4, during the Golden Week holiday. China is the only major economy expected to post positive economic growth in 2020. Photo: Bloomberg Pedestrians walk through the Qianmen area of Beijing on October 4, during the Golden Week holiday. China is the only major economy expected to post positive economic growth in 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
Pedestrians walk through the Qianmen area of Beijing on October 4, during the Golden Week holiday. China is the only major economy expected to post positive economic growth in 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
Mark Clifford
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Mark Clifford

China is wasting its Covid-19 leadership moment on the world stage

  • China led the world into the pandemic and its economy is leading the way out. This should be a time for Beijing to effortlessly extend its soft power. So why hasn’t China’s push to win friends and influence people paid dividends?

Pedestrians walk through the Qianmen area of Beijing on October 4, during the Golden Week holiday. China is the only major economy expected to post positive economic growth in 2020. Photo: Bloomberg Pedestrians walk through the Qianmen area of Beijing on October 4, during the Golden Week holiday. China is the only major economy expected to post positive economic growth in 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
Pedestrians walk through the Qianmen area of Beijing on October 4, during the Golden Week holiday. China is the only major economy expected to post positive economic growth in 2020. Photo: Bloomberg
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Mark Clifford

Mark Clifford

Mark L. Clifford is executive director of the Asia Business Council and author of "The Greening of Asia: The Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency". Previously he was editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Standard, and Asia regional editor for BusinessWeek. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Walter Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1992. www.markclifford.org