But there are efforts to counter the communist narrative: Matt Pottinger, a former China-based journalist who now works for Donald Trump, hailed the “brave” doctors in Wuhan who first sounded the alarm regarding COVID-19, one of whom died due to it:
A top aide to President Trump on Monday criticized the Chinese government's treatment of doctors who went public with concerns about the coronavirus in a speech delivered in Mandarin — and seemingly aimed at the Chinese public.https://t.co/XYQkdn9MSo
EXCLUSIVE: An internal Chinese report, presented last month to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, sources tell @Reutershttps://t.co/m2fcM56uYEpic.twitter.com/r1ApX1uKWJ
Chen Jieren once worked for the party mouthpiece newspaper, People’s Daily. But he was convicted for subsequent political comments on social media platforms. Being sentenced to 15 years is seen as symbolic of the growing crackdown on free speech.
The last words, for now
The number of young Chinese citizens affected by job losses, furloughs and salary cuts prompted Reuters to report on a trend, with the hashtag #ditchyourstuff. Malls aren’t seeing the same crowds as prior to the lockdown, as once-enthusiastic shoppers have turned to purging rather than binging:
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