Yanzhong Huang is senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is author of “Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to the Chinese State.”
China’s leaders have reason to be proud of the way they tackled the COVID pandemic in 2020.
Once they recognized the seriousness of the crisis, they undertook a torrent of actions that involved rapid mobilization of the resources and capabilities at their disposal. Within 10 weeks, the state managed to rein in the virus’ spread. By early April, when most parts of the world were still reeling from the pandemic, China was on track to economic and social recovery.