A Coronavirus Strategy Memo to Chairman Xi

China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, December 10, 2018. (Fred Dufour/Reuters)
Imagining Chinese internal communications

To: Chairman Xi Jinping
From: Long-Term Strategy Office (PLA)
Subject: China’s Victory in the Age of the Pandemic

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Summary: The coronavirus currently circling the world offers a unique strategic opportunity for China. It plays to our comparative advantage, our ability to ignore our own casualties; it is imposing serious costs on our enemies in the West and it is remaking them in our image; and it has created a precedent that we can use to our gain in the future. This global pandemic is a crisis that we should not waste and should use to advance our influence.

Analysis: Our costs

Jakub Grygiel is a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) and a senior adviser at The Marathon Initiative.


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