As coronavirus goes global, China’s Xi asserts victory on first trip to Wuhan since outbreak
“Now things are getting better and he wants to show that his leadership has been successful,” said Minxin Pei, a professor specializing in Chinese politics at Claremont McKenna College in California. “The messaging is that we should see the West’s response as bumbling and incompetent.”
Downward trends in China’s epidemic statistics suggest that its efforts have been effective. Only 19 new cases were reported Tuesday, all but two of them in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital. Vast swaths of the province have been locked down since Jan. 23 as authorities tried to contain the novel coronavirus that causes the disease covid-19.
“It’s time to ‘pick the peaches’ and prove to the world that China has effectively controlled the outbreak,” said Zhang Lifan, an independent historian in Beijing.
But the draconian restrictions worked only after the flu-like virus had infected more than 80,000 people and killed about 3,140 in China, and had spread to dozens of other countries.
Italy, South Korea and Iran …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]