Taiwan: Pariah and Poster Child

A woman wears a Taiwanese-flag face mask at a factory in Taoyuan, Taiwan, March 30, 2020 (Ann Wang / Reuters)
An island in the pandemic

Editor’s Note: This is an expanded version of a piece we have published in the current issue of National Review.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the middle of the 20th century, there was an expression: “He had a good war.” It was unseemly, maybe, but everyone knew what the expression meant: The person in question had come out of World War II in good shape — even advantaged. In the same way, we might say that Taiwan is having a good pandemic.

Those words are terrible to type, but readers may indulge them.

Taiwan is enjoying good press all over the world, for its handling of the

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