Claim China’s Covid-19 ‘success’ has ‘shattered the American myth’ stirs online debate

China’s ability to survive Covid-19 with low death rates has “shattered the American myth”, a controversial political scientist has argued. In an article posted on Fudan University’s China Institute website last week, Zhang Weiwei said the outbreak, and high death rates in the United States, marked the end of the popular belief it had a superior governance model and criticised those who held that view as “spiritually American”. Beijing doubles down on Covid-19 curbs to keep a lid on ‘still challenging’ outbreak “Chinese people, including the people of Shanghai, will never allow the ‘spiritually American’ to dominate our pandemic controls nor will they allow the model of a ‘defeated nation’ to replace our victorious governance model that took down Covid-19,” Zhang, the institute’s director, wrote. “Of course, our model shall evolve with time but even at where we are now, it still far exceeds the American one. “The American myth is shattered among the majority of Chinese, especially among the young people,” he added. A professor of international relations at Fudan, Zhang is known for defending China’s model of political and economic development. He has regularly featured in state media and argued that analyses of China should move beyond debates about “democracy or authoritarianism” and focus instead on “good or bad governance ”. He has also brought together debates conducted in the official, academic, public and international spheres. With a large number of fans at home, the Shanghai native remains a controversial figure especially among liberal scholars who want to reform the country’s economic and political systems. As a party-endorsed intellectual, Zhang’s remarks met with mixed reaction on Chinese social media, with critics saying he is just toeing the official line. Since the latest outbreak started, a number of major Chinese cities – most notably Shanghai – have been placed under harsh citywide lockdowns, sparking growing public grief and anger. The Shanghai authorities have been facing increasing…

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