Battling the virus and a rival in the coronavirus outbreak

The US' response to the coronavirus seems designed less to stop a virus than to stymie its strategic rival

The Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Mr Cui Tiankai, condemned as "absolutely crazy" US Senator Tom Cotton's claim that the Covid-19 outbreak is linked to some Chinese biowarfare research programme.

From the other end of the conspiracy mill are theories of covert US Central Intelligence Agency virus dissemination operations to subvert China's rise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'Battling the virus and a rival in the Covid-19 outbreak'. Print Edition | Subscribe