While cutting its maximum capacity from 80,000 to 24,000 visitors a day, along with installing anti-virus controls, the re-opening of Shanghai Disneyland told a story in pictures of how China is attempting to revive daily life after its peak of COVID-19, through symbols of American pop culture. Masked workouts have also become a new normal:
Xinhua News Agency’s animated video mocking the American response to the coronavirus earned enough attention that the Lego Group issued a statement denying any involvement with the sad Chinese state propaganda effort. The clip seemed to offer just another set of toys in Beijing’s approach to propagandizing social media to criticize U.S. policy.
Former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates defended the communist Chinese response to COVID-19 saying that the regime’s “did a lot of things right in the beginning.” He made this statement during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and went on to say that criticizing China’s handling of the pandemic response is “a distraction.”
The lawsuit filed by the state of Missouri, alleging China lied about COVID-19, followed Wuhan raising its related death toll by 50 per cent. Beijing called for a stronger testing regime to test the coronavirus, amid re-emerging local transmissions. But at least one country is pressing to find past answers
whether you believe it or not. “Normal life is a distant dream” reads the New York Times headline on the story about the end of the 76-day lockdown of the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan, amid masks everywhere. Movement requires a green symbol on a surveillance-based smartphone. And there are fears of a major relapse, even after daily COVID-19 deaths allegedly touched zero.
The outbreak of COVID-19 provided much insight into the workings of Chinese propaganda efforts on social media. Questions are also being raised about faulty coronavirus tests now being exported to Europe. Beijing has seemed to back off spinning conspiracy theories, which only contributed to a legacy of disinformation.
The concept of “mask diplomacy” has arisen as COVID-19 spreads around the world: Chinese leader Xi Jinping has boasted of building a “Health Silk Road” around the globe—and billionaire Jack Ma joined in by sending medical supplies to Africa. But even as the original lockdown is lifted in Wuhan, a new doubt is lingering about the numbers
Wuhan has become just like so many other cities in the world: requiring returnees from overseas to undergo quarantine, as the COVID-19 pandemic has gone global from its origins there. As a result, China is now among the countries that have stepped up border patrols, as the big story of 2020 circles the planet amidst plenty of ironies.
After a few days without new coronavirus cases in Beijing, reports of office work returning to normal in the capital city offset the fears sinking in elsewhere on the planet. Wuhan-based industries were also green-lit to resume operations, following a visit to the virus epicentre by Chinese leader Xi Jinping
Citizen Lab, a research group based in Toronto, released a report on how Chinese social media firms managed information about COVID-19. WeChat and YY were the platforms caught censoring keywords related to the outbreak. But amidst claims of a cover-up going back to December, the country is trying to promote a lack of impact: