That China let the initial spread of a new virus go unchecked is, ironically, symptomatic of its obsessive need for control.
President Xi Jinping’s insistence on secrecy and a facade of perfection has led to its mishandling of the coronavirus epidemic that has killed at least 425 and infected more than 20,000.
It was only after weeks of thousands of infections and scores of deaths that China’s leader admitted it had a public health crisis on its hands.
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