One year ago, the city’s freedoms were curtailed with breathtaking speed. But the clampdown was years in the making, and many signals were missed.
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The virologist, Shi Zhengli, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless. But China’s habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.
Xi will unveil a long-term blueprint for navigating China when the National People’s Congress gathers Friday and convenes for about a week.
The long months of harsh lockdown have faded from view in Wuhan, the first city in the world devastated by the new coronavirus.
China’s delayed initial response unleashed the virus on the world and foreshadowed battles between scientists and political leaders that would play out across continents.
China’s Communist Party, under its leader, Xi Jinping, has promoted the idea that the country is on a trajectory to power past Western rivals.
A Communist Party conclave concluded Thursday with a rousing statement lauding Xi as the party’s helmsman, affirming his broad mandate as leader.
Xi Jinping is intent on extending party dominance across the entire country, especially in Hong Kong, an enclave of resistance that erupted in protest last year.
Xi made the remarks at a conference that is likely to set the direction of Chinese policy in Xinjiang for years to come.
Cai Xia is among a cluster of Chinese dissenters who have recently decried Xi’s policies, including his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.