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The coronavirus is no Chernobyl, but a wake-up call for China’s top-down autocratic rule

Back in November 2016 at the 3rd World Internet Conference in Wuzhen of Zhejiang Province, Li Bin, then China’s health minister, told a roomful of hi-tech honchos that information technology was driving development of the country’s health industry.In particular, she said China had completed the world’s biggest internet-based direct reporting system for infectious disease epidemics and public health emergencies, which would enable epidemic information from the grass roots to reach the Chinese…

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