Amid China’s Coronavirus Lockdown, ‘People Don’t Believe in Government Anymore’

Paramilitary policemen wear face masks as they march in formation near Tiananmen Square, Beijing, Feb. 4, 2020 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).
Paramilitary policemen wear face masks as they march in formation near Tiananmen Square, Beijing, Feb. 4, 2020 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).
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When Xi Jinping convened a teleconference meeting Sunday of 170,000 government and Communist Party officials around China to discuss the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, his message was both grim and resolute. China, he said, was facing “a crisis and a big test” with “the fastest spread” and “the widest scope” of any epidemic that has struck his country since the Communist Party took over in 1949. There had been, the Chinese leader admitted, “obvious shortcomings in the response.” But after saying that officials had to “learn lessons” from their mistakes, Xi nonetheless went on to boast that the emergency response had […]

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