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Global Deterioration

On the one hand, no country has greater experience with epidemics than China (Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, SARS, etc.), and because the nature of such communicable diseases in a globalized world leads to pandemics, Beijing is correct that cooperation is key to the solution. But no one seems quite ready for that yet.  In an effort to spin the narrative a few weeks ago, the state-owned China Daily printed that, "Were it not for the unique institutional advantages of the Chinese system, the world might be battling a devastating pandemic." China expert Natasha Kassam of the Lowy Institute in Australia argues that after an attempt at coverup and censorship that allowed the spread of COVID-19 to become worse, the government is now trying to re...

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