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March 23, 2020

A street hairdresser cuts the hair of a customer as he wears a protective facemask as prevention for the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in-front of a propaganda poster on a street in Beijing on February 26, 2020.
A street hairdresser cuts the hair of a customer as he wears a protective facemask as prevention for the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in-front of a propaganda poster on a street in Beijing on February 26, 2020.

China Is Trying to Rewrite The Present

Beijing’s propaganda blitz seeks to obscure the origins of the coronavirus.

China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019 BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019 BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A War of Words With China Helps Nobody

This is no time for either Beijing or Washington to point fingers

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo steps off a plane in Kyiv, Ukraine.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo steps off a plane in Kyiv, Ukraine.

U.S. Appeals to Aid Recipients for Help in Fighting Coronavirus

Request undercuts Trump’s claim that the U.S. has enough tests and medical equipment.

U.S. President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone for National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci
U.S. President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone for National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci

The Death of American Competence

Washington’s reputation for expertise has been one of the greatest sources of its power. The coronavirus pandemic may end it for good.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has unveiled unprecedented measures, including unlimited Fed support, announced Monday, to help contain the fallout of Covid-19, Mar. 3.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has unveiled unprecedented measures, including unlimited Fed support, announced Monday, to help contain the fallout of Covid-19, Mar. 3.

Fed Fails to Stem Market Bloodbath as Congress Stumbles on Aid Package

Economists say the sudden slowdown in economic activity from the coronavirus has no precedent in U.S. history.

Medical workers wearing protective gear take samples from a driver with suspected symptoms of coronavirus at a test facility in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Feb. 29.
Medical workers wearing protective gear take samples from a driver with suspected symptoms of coronavirus at a test facility in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Feb. 29.

Without Mass Testing, the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep Spreading

Countries such as South Korea that test thousands of people per day have slowed the outbreak. Other nations must adopt Seoul’s model before it’s too late.

A Chinese laborer works in Sri Lanka.
A Chinese laborer works in Sri Lanka.

China’s Debt Diplomacy Will Get a Coronavirus Boost

The United States needs a generous policy—and a different leader—to counter Beijing.

A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents
A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents

The Next Wave

U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.

As the West Panics, Putin Is Watching

The coronavirus crisis is exposing the West’s weaknesses—and adversaries of the U.S. and EU are paying close attention so they can exploit vulnerabilities in a future conflict.

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BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 05: A general view of the Great Hall of the People during the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech in the opening of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress at The Great Hall of People on March 5, 2023 in Beijing, China.China's annual political gathering known as the Two Sessions will convene leaders and lawmakers to set the government's agenda for domestic economic and social development for the year. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 05: A general view of the Great Hall of the People during the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a speech in the opening of the first session of the 14th National People's Congress at The Great Hall of People on March 5, 2023 in Beijing, China.China's annual political gathering known as the Two Sessions will convene leaders and lawmakers to set the government's agenda for domestic economic and social development for the year. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Inside China’s ‘Two Sessions’

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