Why China’s Coronavirus Propaganda Campaign Has Come Up Short

Students attend a ceremony to kick off the new semester at Wuhan High School, Wuhan, China, Sept. 1, 2020 (Chinatopix photo via AP Images).
Students attend a ceremony to kick off the new semester at Wuhan High School, Wuhan, China, Sept. 1, 2020 (Chinatopix photo via AP Images).
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Earlier this year, as the coronavirus seemed to abruptly explode out of China and engulf the globe, Chinese authorities launched a propaganda campaign to try to turn the pandemic into a political win for Beijing. Months later, as governments around the world still struggle to contain COVID-19, with new waves and spikes from India to Europe to the United States, the time has come to take a tally of China’s efforts. The results are stark, showing some gains for the Chinese regime but also some major failures in the one area where Beijing had hoped to leverage the pandemic to […]

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