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29 January 2021

Wuhan, one year on from the Covid-19 outbreak

Has the first Covid-19 epicentre bounced back after a year? Jeremy Cliffe and Emily Tamkin discuss on the World Review podcast

It’s a year since Hubei province, central China, went into lockdown after the first outbreak of Covid-19 in its capital, Wuhan. On this episode of World Review from the New Statesman, Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington DC are joined by Rui Zhong, programme assistant for the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center.

They discuss how Wuhan has (or hasn’t) bounced back from the first days of Covid-19, whether there is a growing anti-China sentiment globally, and how administrations from the US to the EU and Britain should handle diplomacy with Beijing in 2021.

Further reading

Ido Vock arguest that strict policies, not Confucian values, explain East Asia’s Covid-19 success

Jeremy has explored why a 60-year-old book on the twilight of the Hasburg empire is being read with fresh eyes during the pandemic

Helen Thompson writes that the new EU-China trade deal is driven by a commercial realpolitik – and the world knows it

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