Society

The health and political threats posed by the coronavirus outbreak is far more serious than SARS. In this photo taken in Guilin on the second day of the Chinese New Year (26 Jan), people are seen wearing masks on empty streets during an especially quiet festive season this year. (CNS)

Why the political fallout from Covid-19 is more serious than SARS

Political scientist Ang Yuen Yuen concludes that given time and circumstance, there is a much higher political price to pay for Covid-19 in the 2020s compared to SARs in the 2000s. 
With the Asian giant being the world’s second largest economy, no one today will call it a weak country. Yet, the yellow peril ideology does not seem to have disappeared. In this photo taken on 27 January 2020, a woman wearing a protective mask looks on at the Beijing railway station in Beijing. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

From ‘yellow peril’ to sinophobia

Zhang Yun, associate professor at Japan’s Niigata University, observes how the “yellow peril” of old persists in the current jaundiced views of China amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Medical staff members at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. The city's response to the Covid-19 outbreak has been less than satisfactory so far. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

The politics behind the change of leaders in Hubei

Amid growing resentment against the leaders of Wuhan and Hubei, Chen Yixin, secretary-general of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, has taken charge of efforts against the epidemic in Hubei. Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan looks at the difficulties of changing provincial-level officials in China and the likelihood of personnel changes improving the situation.
Li Wenliang sounded the alarm about Covid-19, but paid with his life. (Internet)

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes

Hong Kong political commentator Leung Man-tao reflects on the dearth of truth in mainland Chinese society as he grieves the passing of Dr Li Wenliang. He remembers the men and women who have gallantly pursued truth in the face of adversity and believes that we can all learn to do the same.
This photo taken on 6 February 2020 shows people crossing a bridge that can be used only by villagers with a special permit, within a Frontier Closed Area from Lo Wu MTR station in Hong Kong and buildings (back) behind the Hong Kong border fence in Shenzhen, China. The border crossing is currently closed as part of government measures to control the spread of the Covid-19. (Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Why can’t Hong Kong implement a full border shutdown?

Lianhe Zaobao journalist Tai Hing Shing rationalises that Hong Kong’s decision thus far not to completely close borders with the mainland is not unfounded.
Medical staff at a hospital in Wuhan, 5 February 2020. (Xiong Qi/Xinhua)

[Big Read] Wuhan waits for a turning point

The new coronavirus has not yet peaked but is already having serious impacts on the people and businesses of Wuhan and China. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks at the micro and macro effects of the epidemic, from personal accounts to medical and economic forecasts, in this big read on Wuhan.
Tourists pose with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the background on 8 Feb 2020. Slogans with the words "武汉加油" (Wuhan, you can do it!) wrap the Shanghai landmark. (CNS)

Nations must behave like nations

Zheng Yongnian says every member of Chinese society must act responsibly to see their country through the 2019 Novel Coronavirus epidemic, and it will be a huge tragedy if Chinese people pin their hopes on heroes while society as a whole remains ignorant and incompetent.
This photo taken on 7 February 2020 shows a photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital. (STR/AFP)

Dr Li Wenliang’s incident: The start of accountability investigations?

Since Dr Li Wenliang's death from the novel coronavirus on 7 February 2020, his name has become shorthand for holding the authorities to account. Beijing correspondent Yu Zeyuan weighs in on its effects on China's social stability and on accountability investigations.
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: A price too high to pay for the Chinese people. (CNS)

Wuhan coronavirus: China has paid a high price

Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting with the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China to discuss the coronavirus and its preventive measures on 3 Feb. However, no actual footage of the meeting was broadcast on state TV. This highly unusual presentation drew speculations. Veteran China affairs journalist Han Yong Hong observes that although the authorities have stepped up its efforts to stem the tide of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the last few days, China has paid a high price.