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But the specifics of the Chinese government’s mishandling are of course quite different.

This reflects a longstanding dynamic in Chinese politics in which local governments try to prevent higher-ups from learning of local problems out of fear they will be punished.

Following the initial bungling that allowed the coronavirus to travel throughout China and the world, the Chinese government took decisive and ultimately effective action.

Most vexingly for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been Taiwan’s success, with only six COVID-related deaths so far.

Certainly the US right is obsessed with the initial outbreak, with Arkansas senator Tom Cotton promoting the insane notion that the Chinese government made a conscious decision to let the virus spread globally.

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