Xi Jinping has backed out of the spotlight as the country faces its worst crisis in years, reflecting the political risks he faces if efforts to contain the virus fail.
Steven Lee Myers“Politically, I think he is discovering that having total dictatorial power has a downside, which is that when things go wrong or have a high risk of going wrong, then you also have to bear all the responsibility." Our take on Xi's role, with @ChuBailiang
It is nearly impossible to get the care they need to treat, or even diagnose, the coronavirus, say residents at the crisis’ center.
Steven Lee MyersPatients lining hospital corridors. A man taking an intravenous drip outside in his car. People waiting desperately to get tested. Others making do on their own at home. @amyyqin on the chaos and desperation in Wuhan.
At critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis and risking public alarm or political embarrassment.
Steven Lee MyersToday's China: A doctor in Wuhan warns his college classmates a virus is spreading and urges them to take care. The police call him in for "rumor" mongering. He goes back to work. And then he becomes ill. With @ChuBailiang and many great colleagues