A Covid-19-infected Donald Trump takes a break from hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Photo: AFP A Covid-19-infected Donald Trump takes a break from hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Photo: AFP
A Covid-19-infected Donald Trump takes a break from hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How sick rulers made for messy transfers of power in Imperial China

  • China’s usually well-organised pre-modern bureaucracy fell down when its rulers were incapacitated, with no provisions for peacefully transferring power
  • When the emperor fell ill, ambitious empresses, relatives and ministers would take over the government, often with dire consequences

A Covid-19-infected Donald Trump takes a break from hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Photo: AFP A Covid-19-infected Donald Trump takes a break from hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Photo: AFP
A Covid-19-infected Donald Trump takes a break from hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 4. Photo: AFP
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