Aware of the outbreak’s threat to his power, Chinese President Xi Jinping took charge to slow the spread, using authoritarian methods not normally available to democracies. Photo: Xinhua
Aware of the outbreak’s threat to his power, Chinese President Xi Jinping took charge to slow the spread, using authoritarian methods not normally available to democracies. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing’s coronavirus-era diplomacy ‘is outflanking America’s’, but some cite overreach

  • Both governments have underplayed the threat, whitewashed problems, blamed local officials and pointed fingers at each other
  • ‘Trump has had an appalling response to the crisis. In some ways, he’s even followed the Xi Jinping model in trying to put political controls on information’

Aware of the outbreak’s threat to his power, Chinese President Xi Jinping took charge to slow the spread, using authoritarian methods not normally available to democracies. Photo: Xinhua
Aware of the outbreak’s threat to his power, Chinese President Xi Jinping took charge to slow the spread, using authoritarian methods not normally available to democracies. Photo: Xinhua
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