Looking at a Chinese decade than a century

It is quite extraordinary that a pandemic originating in a Chinese province, a disease whose initial cover-up briefly seemed likely to deal a grave blow to the communist regime, has instead given China a geopolitical opportunity unlike any enjoyed by an American rival since at least the Vietnam War.

This opportunity has been a long time building.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2020, with the headline 'Looking at a Chinese decade than a century'. Subscribe