Public anger over the handling of the Covid-19 crisis is palpable, and even before the crisis, internal criticism of President Xi Jinping within the Chinese elite seems to have increased. Photo: DPAPublic anger over the handling of the Covid-19 crisis is palpable, and even before the crisis, internal criticism of President Xi Jinping within the Chinese elite seems to have increased. Photo: DPA
Public anger over the handling of the Covid-19 crisis is palpable, and even before the crisis, internal criticism of President Xi Jinping within the Chinese elite seems to have increased. Photo: DPA
Bilahari Kausikan
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Opinion

Bilahari Kausikan

The coronavirus was unexpected – but Xi, the US trade war and Hong Kong are China’s black swans too

  • As the Communist Party realises reforms will be a substantial undertaking, its current uncertainty is a breeding ground for unanticipated events
  • But in its current leader, the bruising trade battle with Washington and complex issues of Chinese identity, the party already has much on its plate

Public anger over the handling of the Covid-19 crisis is palpable, and even before the crisis, internal criticism of President Xi Jinping within the Chinese elite seems to have increased. Photo: DPAPublic anger over the handling of the Covid-19 crisis is palpable, and even before the crisis, internal criticism of President Xi Jinping within the Chinese elite seems to have increased. Photo: DPA
Public anger over the handling of the Covid-19 crisis is palpable, and even before the crisis, internal criticism of President Xi Jinping within the Chinese elite seems to have increased. Photo: DPA
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