How Has the Coronavirus Crisis Affected Xi’s Power: A Preliminary Assessment
How Has the Coronavirus Crisis Affected Xi’s Power: A Preliminary Assessment - Geopolitica.info

The December 2019 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and the subsequent spread of the pandemic throughout the country and the world is the worst political crisis Chinese leader Xi Jinping has faced in his seven years in power.  The party-state’s poor initial response, whether due to the cover-up by local officials or Xi’s own inadequate attention or poor judgment, not only reveals some of the well-known systemic flaws in the Chinese state but also exposes Xi to criticisms of questionable leadership.  

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