China Wants to Use the Coronavirus to Take Over the World

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2017. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The great-power competition has begun in earnest.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hat started as a catastrophe for China is shaping up to be a moment of strategic opportunity, a rare turning point in the flow of history. Suddenly, the protests in Hong Kong, carrying a mortal threat to political stability in the mainland, became a physical impossibility. More important, the pandemic set in motion a global competition, to contain the virus, for which China and the Chinese Communist Party seem uniquely prepared.

As the virus spread to the whole world, it became apparent that Western societies — Beijing’s true rivals — did not have the ability to quickly organize every citizen around …

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