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China should not count its successes too soon

First published” Financial Times 10/04/2020

Wuhan’s 76-day lockdown has been lifted at last. For China’s leaders, it marked the final stage of what President Xi Jinping had called the “people’s war against the coronavirus”, in which he himself played a decisive role. Success has allowed the government to restart the economy and rewrite the pandemic narrative from a tale of its own mis-steps to one highlighting its global leadership and governance role — in a marked contrast to the “incompetence” of the US. Yet, the story is by no means complete… Read on…