Dali L. Yang

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As covid-19 spreads around world, China has touted its efforts to bring the novel coronavirus outbreak swiftly under control under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. Bruce Aylward of WHO’s China mission commended China’s “bold approach”, saying that the “the key learning from China is speed — it’s all about the speed”.

But the real story is more complex. Although China’s national authorities acted decisively after Jan. 23, there were key deficiencies at the outset. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Politics overruled the truth

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, was getting ready in early January for the Jan. 6-17 “two sessions”, where local and provincial leaders would gather to discuss the state of affairs at the local/provincial levels.…  Seguir leyendo »

Chinese authorities have placed an estimated 760 million people into lockdown as part of an epic campaign to contain the spread of covid-19, the novel coronavirus. As of Sunday, there were over 77,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,500 deaths in China, mostly in Hubei province. Wuhan, the provincial capital and the epicenter of the outbreak, has been hard hit.

Why did China’s CDC system, once touted as among the world’s best disease control programs, fail to help contain the virus early on? And what has the crisis exposed about China’s system of governance? Here’s what you need to know.

China built a system to prevent another SARS crisis

In the aftermath of the 2003 SARS crisis, China invested heavily to improve its system for infectious disease control and prevention.…  Seguir leyendo »