Trump and Xi seek coronavirus victories
Meanwhile, on the Chinese Internet, conspiracy theories proliferate about the origin of the disease, including some pinning it all on the dastardly Americans. As my colleague Gerry Shih reported last week, “the sudden surge and overwhelming prevalence of anti-U.S. rhetoric this week has been conspicuous and significant in the context of China, where censors typically scrub speech that strays out of bounds and police quickly detain those deemed to be spreading rumors.”
“It’s more than just some disinformation or an official narrative,” Xiao Qiang, the founder of China Digital Times, a website that regularly publishes leaked directives from the Communist Party’s propaganda department, told Shih. “It’s an orchestrated, all-out campaign by the Chinese government through every channel at a level you rarely see. It’s a counteroffensive.”
The ill will is all the more pronounced in Washington. The major disruptions to trade already wrought by the virus may make it impossible for China to meet its commitments under the first phase of a trade deal it clinched with the United States less than two …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]