Coronavirus could be the beginning of the end for China’s regime


Coronavirus could be the beginning of the end for China’s regime

The Communist Party’s handling of the outbreak has shown its citizens just how incompetent it actually is

Con Coughlin

To judge by the Chinese authorities’ inept handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing may well need to put its plans for world domination on hold.

It is all very well for China’s communist rulers to embark on the biggest military build-up seen in peacetime, or to seek to consolidate the country’s economic prowess with the construction of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. But Beijing’s prospects of becoming the world’s pre-eminent power appear far less convincing when set against the background of the woeful incompetence that has characterised the regime’s response to coronavirus.

It is not just that a failure to grasp initially the significance of the virus has resulted in the country being brought to a virtual standstill. Or that it has been forced to pump an estimated $29bn into the economy to prevent a financial crisis, as well as a public health one that has to date claimed more than 1,000 lives...

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