Sino File by Cary Huang
Coronavirus: to Chinese democracy what Chernobyl was to glasnost?
- The 2003 Sars crisis changed Beijing’s view on openness in governance and the timely release of information about health crises
- But China’s increasing move towards authoritarian rule under Xi Jinping makes the country even more vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics
Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.