With Its Own Outbreak Under Control, China Recasts the COVID-19 Narrative

With Its Own Outbreak Under Control, China Recasts the COVID-19 Narrative
People walk by a giant TV screen at a shopping mall in Beijing showing China’s leader, Xi Jinping, talking to medical workers as he visited a hospital in Wuhan, March 10, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

As the rate of domestic coronavirus transmission in China continues to fall, the Chinese government declared last Thursday that the peak of its COVID-19 outbreak has passed. With the epidemic at home largely under control, Beijing is directing its attention to cases imported by infected travelers. It is also seeking to reshape the narrative of a global pandemic that originated in China.

Wuhan, the city in central China at the epicenter of the outbreak, remains on lockdown. But the draconian measures imposed in other parts of the country have gradually eased as the domestic spread of the disease has slowed considerably.

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