A Political Test China's Public Health Crisis Becomes a Crisis of Faith

The Covid-19 epidemic poses political risks for China's leadership. It's now on President Xi Jinping to deliver security and prosperity while trying to solve a serious public health crisis. Meanwhile, dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the situation is growing online.
A woman is sprayed with disinfectant in Tianjin, China.

A woman is sprayed with disinfectant in Tianjin, China.

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Xi Jinping chairs a meeting about the government's response to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Xi Jinping chairs a meeting about the government's response to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

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DER SPIEGEL 8/2020

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