Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

China is in the grip of a momentous crisis. The novel coronavirus that emerged late last year has already claimed three times more lives than the SARS outbreak in 2003, and it is still spreading. More than 50 million people (more than the combined metro populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco) remain under historically unprecedented lockdown, unable to leave their city"and in many cases, even their apartment. Many countries no longer accept visiting Chinese nationals, or if they do, quarantine them for weeks. Big companies are pulling out of trade shows. Production is suffering. Profound economic consequences are bound to ensue, not just in China but around the world.



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How did Xi Jinping"the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, who has been consolidating his power since taking over the post in 2012"let things get to this point?

It might be that he didn't fully know what was happening in his own country until it was too late.

Xi would be far from the first authoritarian to have been blindsided. Ironically, for all the talk of the technological side of Chinese authoritarianism, China's use of technology to ratchet up surveillance and censorship may have made things worse, by making it less likely that Xi would even know what was going on in his own country.


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Trump is running this country like Xi runs China. We are weaker than they are because Trump doesn't believe in science.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-25 04:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Fat Nixon fired the pandemic response team to pay for his tax cuts for billionaires.

That's what you get when you hire a failed businessman to run a nation.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-25 05:10 PM | Reply

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