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The Daily BeastFeb 25, 2020
China's Paranoid Party Line: America is the Enemy and Needs to ‘Butt Out'
Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesThe coronavirus crisis has killed more than 2,200 people, virtually all of them in China. Fears that the virus will metastasize to countries incapable of containing it, and knock the wind out of a bustling world economy in the process, have gone far in ensuring that the crisis remains the world's Big Story this February.

While Chinese social media shows widespread fear, grief, and anger at the Communist Party in Beijing for its inept handling of the crisis, and for punishing journalists and ordinary citizens for "spreading rumors," i.e., the truth, party leader Xi Jinping has called on officials within the nation's powerful propaganda apparatus to "strengthen the guidance of public opinion."  

The Chinese Communist Party's firm determination to shape the narrative of important events for its own people, and for the world, is at the heart of another story with the potential to make the coronavirus crisis seem like small potatoes: the simmering rivalry between China and the United States for geopolitical dominance of Asia and the Pacific. Defense and foreign policy analysts are increasingly concerned that that a misstep by one party or the other in the seas off Taiwan, or on the South China Sea, might trigger a shooting war.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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