By Jianli Yang and Hu Ping – – Wednesday, August 26, 2020

An Aug. 19 New York Times story claims that a new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in a good part of January on the true dangers of the coronavirus. This conclusion is useful to let Xi Jinping off the hook and reduce pressure on the United States and other countries to hold his regime to account.

Detailed findings in our research report “Examining China‘s Response to the Covid-19 Outbreak (September 2019-January 2020): The Catastrophe That Could Have been Avoided” show that the U.S. intelligence report in question (as reported by The New York Times) is false. Here we present our case from the angle of China‘s politics of shifting responsibility.
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