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 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.
Wuhan skyscrapers are wrapped in motivational slogans to rally the people together in the fight against the 2019-nCoV. (Xinhua)

Just back from China, Wei Shuang says "May the force be with us"

Graduate student Wei Shuang returned to her hometown in Hebei province for the Chinese New Year holidays, only to land in the eye of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus storm. She shares her personal experience, from the inside.
medical staff attending to a patient at the Central Hospital of Wuhan. The authorities in China have been criticised for its handling of the new coronavirus originating in Wuhan. (Internet)

Can the Wuhan coronavirus lead to good governance?

As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to expose China’s systemic flaws in crisis response and disease prevention and control, Zaobao correspondent Yu Zeyuan says the authorities must come to grips with their governance issues and take in the larger learning points of the epidemic.
Medical staff collecting medical supplies from the Wuhan Red Cross Society on 27 January 2020. (Wuhan Red Cross Society official Weibo)

Wuhan coronavirus: Hubei and Wuhan Red Cross Society officials draw flak

Poor handling of the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic continues to incur public wrath. This time, China’s Red Cross fields tough questions as to why donated supplies are not reaching those in need.
Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention head Gao Fu at a news conference on the Wuhan coronavirus in Beijing, 22 January 2020. Gao released a paper suggesting that the authorities knew of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus but did not reveal that information. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

China CDC Head: Hero or villain?

Following a paper published by Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), China’s angry netizens are asking if the China CDC knew earlier that the Wuhan coronavirus could spread between humans.