Xi's Excessive Secrecy Inflicts Needless Self-harm
Anniversaries are occasions for reflection. As China marks the anniversary of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, it seems that its leaders ought to learn some lessons from this once-in-a-century calamity so that similar mistakes will not be made in the future.
But judging by the amount of propaganda glorifying the role of the Chinese Communist Party and its strongman leader, Xi Jinping, it is obvious that China's rulers are in no mood for reflection. If anything, they are celebrating the regime's purported "system superiority" – its capacity for effective governance during the pandemic.