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A test tube with the coronavirus label is seen in this illustration taken on 29 January 2020. (Dado Ruvic/File Photo/Reuters)

Covid-19 highlights controversies of the Chinese research system

Researchers possibly withholding information about human-to-human transmission, or publishing papers using someone else's research data... These are just a few of the controversies of the Chinese research system highlighted by the Covid-19 outbreak. How can the scientific community break out of the cycle of alleged unscholarly conduct?
Passers-by pass by a shop in Via Paolo Sarpi, the commercial street of the Chinese district of Milan on 30 January 2020. (Miguel Medina/AFP)

Covid-19: Racist behaviour must not go unchecked in Europe

Stories of race-related incidents have crawled out of the woodwork and spread almost as fast and venomously as the coronavirus itself. Zhou Ruirui of the Centre of Globalisation and Governance at Hamburg University says it’s time for some self-reflection.
Hundreds of residents gathering at a basketball court in Sea Mountain estate in Yingcheng, Xiaogan, protesting over exorbitantly-priced vegetables.

Hubei protests show need for people-centred approach

First it was Wuhan residents expressing their indignation at food delivered to them in rubbish trucks. Now, residents of neighbouring city Xiaogan show that they will not stay quiet if monopolistic practices see them paying sky-high prices for daily necessities.
Ai Fen, director of The Central Hospital of Wuhan's emergency department. (Weibo)

[Photo story] How to keep an article alive on the Chinese internet? Netizens show off creativity

Texts written in reverse, replaced with emojis, and encrypted in morse code... Netizens demonstrated their creativity in resurrecting an interview with Ai Fen, director of The Central Hospital of Wuhan's emergency department, after it was removed by the authorities from the internet in China. ThinkChina traces how Chinese citizens banded together to keep an article alive, and shares a story of the "404 Building" written by a netizen.
A delivery rider handing a package to a resident over a wall closing off a street in Wuhan. (STR/AFP)

Power of the people invaluable in China's fight against Covid-19

While it may seem that the Chinese government single-handedly dealt with the Covid-19 crisis in its initial stages, Chen Kang opines that it is the voluntary involvement of the people, social organisations and enterprises that made and continues to make life under lockdown liveable. This process has provided invaluable lessons on public governance that the Chinese government and society should continue to learn from and work on.
Medical staff celebrate after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan. (AFP)

Leaders praise and thank Wuhan in a reverse show of gratitude

Wuhan party secretary Wang Zhonglin’s suggestion that people should be educated to be grateful to the authorities drew strong backlash, prompting Hubei party secretary Ying Yong to come forward with comments of his own to ease the anger. Zaobao correspondent Edwin Ong weighs the strategy.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on 22 January 2020. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

What has Tsai Ing-wen's team done right in Taiwan's fight against Covid-19?

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has been winning praise for her team’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. Premier Su Tseng-chang who calls himself “capable”, is said to be leading a group of capable government officials; Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, has become the darling of the media and of the people of Taiwan. What have they done to garner such support?
Medical staff prepare to transfer Covid-19 patients from Wuhan No.5 Hospital to Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, March 2020. The people of Wuhan are grateful to front line healthcare workers and volunteers. (AFP)

Official's call for city of Wuhan to express gratitude backfires

Angry netizens suggest that Wuhan party secretary Wang Zhonglin’s call for gratitude for the CCP shows where officials’ allegiance truly lies. The testy mood of the public portends the zero tolerance of further grandstanding behaviour.
This photo taken on 28 February 2020 shows a statue with a face mask on in Wuhan. (STR/AFP)

Chinese novelist Yan Lianke: When the epidemic ends, let our memories live

In his first creative writing class of the semester, acclaimed Chinese author Yan Lianke addresses the Covid-19 milieu of the times. He urges his students to remember what they have seen and heard as memory separates man from beast; memory begets truth. He says if one cannot speak loudly or even whisper, at least remember.