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Scoring China’s coronavirus response

By Gwynne Dyer      

Chinese doctors will do their duty, as always, but it would be nice if China had its political act a bit more together before then.

President Xi Jinping, pictured in 2015, finally spoke about the coronavirus on Jan. 25, saying that China faces a ‘grave situation,’ and now the system is racing to do what should have been done two weeks ago. Photograph courtesy of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

LONDON, U.K.—In an emergency, the good thing about a dictatorship is that it can respond very fast. The bad thing is that it won’t respond at all until the dictator-in-chief says that it should. All the little dictators who flourish in this sort of system won’t risk their positions by passing bad news up the line until the risk of being blamed for delay outweighs the risk of being blamed for the emergency in the first place.

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‘I don’t celebrate Black History Month, I celebrate Black history 12 months of the year’: Sen. Bernard on her fight for equality

News|By David Lochead
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Advocate calling for a simplified suicide hotline number gets ally in Sen. Batters

News|By Beatrice Paez
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Tory leadership candidates champion CANZUK pact, but trade experts question idea’s merit

News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Neil Moss
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