Key Focus

  • From implicitly seeking a political quid pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus's origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping's government have damaged and isolated China's communist regime.
    The backlash could take the form of Western sanctions as Xi's regime seeks to overturn Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" framework with its proposed new national-security laws for the territory, which has been wracked by widespread pro-democracy protests for over a year
  • In fact, some Chinese commentators denounced calls for an inquiry as racist.
    But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly that "China supports the idea of a comprehensive review." At the last minute, China co-sponsored the resolution, which was approved without objection.
    The resolution, however, leaves it up to the WHO's controversial director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to launch the review "at the earliest appropriate moment." Tedros, who has been accused of aiding China's initial COVID-19 cover-up, may decide to wait until the pandemic has come "under control," as Xi has proposed.
    Make no mistake: the world will not be the same after this wartime-like crisis
  • China's diplomatic and information offensive to obscure facts and deflect criticism of its COVID-19 response may be only the latest example of its brazen use of censure and coercion to browbeat other countries. But it represents a watershed moment.
    In the past, China's reliance on persuasion secured its admission to international institutions like the World Trade Organization and helped to power its economic rise


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High Level Topics

  • CHINA
  • COUNTRIES
  • CHINESE
  • GLOBAL
  • High Level Abstractions

  • CHINA(8, 0 Order)
  • ( CHINA )(8, 0 Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, COVID-19 )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, COUNTRIES )(3, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, CHINESE )(3, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, PROBE )(2, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, MEDICAL )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, WRACKED )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, WORLD_TRADE_ORGANIZATION )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, WORLD_HEALTH_ORGANIZATION )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, WORLD_HEALTH_ASSEMBLY )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, WATERSHED )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, WARTIME-LIKE )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • ( CHINA, VIRUS )(1, 1st Order)  top
  • COUNTRIES(3, 0 Order)
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  • CHINESE(4, 0 Order)
  • ( CHINESE )(4, 0 Order)  top
  • GLOBAL(3, 0 Order)
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    • ( CHINA )  top
    • ( CHINA, COVID-19 )  top
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      But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly that "China supports...
    • ( CHINA, COUNTRIES )  top
    • (Read more)   top From implicitly seeking a political quid pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus's origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping's...
    • (Read more)   top
      But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly that "China supports the idea of a comprehensive review."...
    • (Read more)   topChina's diplomatic and information offensive to obscure facts and deflect criticism of its COVID-19 response may be only the latest example of its brazen use of censure and coercion to browbeat other countries. But it represents a watershed moment.
      In the past, China's reliance on persuasion secured its admission to international institutions like the World Trade Organization and helped to power...
    • ( CHINA, CHINESE )  top
    • (Read more)   topIn fact, Xi, the self-styled indispensable leader, views the current global crisis as an opportunity to tighten his grip on power and advance his neo-imperialist agenda, recently telling a Chinese university audience that, "The great steps in history were all taken after major disasters."
      China has certainly sought to make the most of the pandemic
    • (Read more)   top Through trade actions, the Chinese government has effectively cut off imports of Australian barley and blocked more than one-third of Australia's regular beef exports to China.
      Whereas Japan readily allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency...
    • (Read more)   top In fact, some Chinese commentators denounced calls for an inquiry as racist.
      But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained...
    • ( CHINA, PROBE )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus's origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping's government have damaged and isolated China's communist regime.
      The backlash could take the form of Western sanctions as Xi's regime seeks...
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      Whereas Japan readily allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct a full investigation into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster - a probe that helped the country to improve safety governance - China strongly opposed any coronavirus inquiry, as if it had something to hide
    • ( CHINA, MEDICAL )  top
    • (Read more)   top From implicitly seeking a political quid pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus's origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping's government...
    • ( CHINA, WRACKED )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... form of Western sanctions as Xi's regime seeks to overturn Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" framework with its proposed new national-security laws for the territory, which has been wracked by widespread pro-democracy protests for over a year.
    • ( CHINA, WORLD_TRADE_ORGANIZATION )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      In the past, China's reliance on persuasion secured its admission to international institutions like the World Trade Organization and helped to power its economic rise.
    • ( CHINA, WORLD_HEALTH_ORGANIZATION )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly that "China supports the idea of a comprehensive review." At the last minute, China co-sponsored...
    • ( CHINA, WORLD_HEALTH_ASSEMBLY )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly that "China supports the idea of a comprehensive review." At the last minute, China co-sponsored the resolution, which was approved without objection.
      The...
    • ( CHINA, WATERSHED )  top
    • (Read more)   top... information offensive to obscure facts and deflect criticism of its COVID-19 response may be only the latest example of its brazen use of censure and coercion to browbeat other countries. But it represents a watershed moment.
      In the past, China's reliance on persuasion secured its admission to international institutions like the World Trade Organization and helped to power its economic rise
    • ( CHINA, WARTIME-LIKE )  top
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      Make no mistake: the world will not be the same after this wartime-like crisis.
    • ( CHINA, VIRUS )  top
    • (Read more)   top From implicitly seeking a political quid pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus's origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping's government have damaged and isolated China's communist regime.
      The backlash could...
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    • (Read more)   top And China itself has added fuel to the fire, as exemplified by its recent legal crackdown on Hong Kong. From implicitly seeking a political quid pro quo for supplying other countries with protective medical gear, to rejecting calls for an independent international inquiry into the virus's origins until a majority of countries backed such a probe, the bullying tactics of President Xi Jinping's...
    • (Read more)   top ... an inquiry as racist. But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly that "China supports the idea of a comprehensive review."...
    • (Read more)   topChina's diplomatic and information offensive to obscure facts and deflect criticism of its COVID-19 response may be only the latest example of its brazen use of censure and coercion to browbeat other countries. But it represents a watershed moment. In the past, China's reliance on persuasion secured its admission to international institutions like the World Trade Organization and helped to power...
    • ( CHINESE )  top
    • (Read more)   topIn fact, Xi, the self-styled indispensable leader, views the current global crisis as an opportunity to tighten his grip on power and advance his neo-imperialist agenda, recently telling a Chinese university audience that, "The great steps in history were all taken after major disasters." China has certainly sought to make the most of the pandemic
    • (Read more)   top Through trade actions, the Chinese government has effectively cut off imports of Australian barley and blocked more than one-third of Australia's regular beef exports to China. Whereas Japan readily allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency...
    • (Read more)   top In fact, some Chinese commentators denounced calls for an inquiry as racist. But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained...
    • (Read more)   topIn this sense, the hollowing out of Hong Kong's autonomy in the shadow of COVID-19 could prove to be the proverbial straw that breaks the Chinese camel's back.
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    • (Read more)   top ... US-led mercenaries - or military-backed expansionist moves in China's neighborhood, Xi's regime has caused international alarm. In fact, Xi, the self-styled indispensable leader, views the current global crisis as an opportunity to tighten his grip on power and advance his neo-imperialist agenda, recently telling a Chinese university audience that, "The great steps in history were all taken after...
    • (Read more)   top In fact, some Chinese commentators denounced calls for an inquiry as racist. But once a resolution calling for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the global response to COVID-19 gained the support of more than 100 countries in the World Health Organization's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, Xi sought to save face by telling the assembly...
    • (Read more)   topA boomerang effect from Xi's overreach seems inevitable. A pandemic that originated in China will likely end up weakening the country's global position and hamstringing its future growth. In this sense, the hollowing out of Hong Kong's autonomy in the shadow of COVID-19 could prove to be the proverbial straw that breaks the Chinese camel's...