Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 23, 2020

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Medical staff in protective suits at a hospital in Wuhan. Photo: STR / AFP

Gordon Watts, Asia Times: China struggles to contain Wuhan virus

Beijing left scrambling to cope with the outbreak after the first case was reported on December 31

When the Wuhan virus outbreak started creating media waves across the globe, China’s state-run CCTV was dominated by a 22-minute spotlight on President Xi Jinping’s tour of Yunnan.

Back down the running order was the coronavirus story, the 10th item on CCTV’s agenda during Tuesday’s prime-time bulletin. The cult of personality appeared to have edged out the cult of breaking news.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 23, 2020

How the coronavirus started in China — and why that’s actually a saving grace — Simon Reid, ABC News Online

Coronavirus: How do you quarantine a city – and does it work? — Owen Amos, BBC News

China’s response to the coronavirus shows what it learned from the Sars cover-up — Thomas Abraham, The Guardian

How Dangerous Is China’s New Coronavirus? — Michael Barrett, New Statesman

Coronavirus: How worried should we be? — James Gallagher, BBC

India’s Role in the Great-Power Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific Region — Akshobh Giridharadas, National Interest

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm — Cara Anna, AP

One year in office – Is DRC’s Tshisekedi in charge? — Isaac Mugabi, DW

How to Keep Libya from Collapsing into Chaos — Ahmed Charai, National Interest

The Iran nuclear deal that never was — Hans Rühle, Asia Times

What we know, and don’t, about the alleged Bezos phone hack — Frank Bajak, AP

Putin’s bespoke government — made for indefinite control — Konstantin Eggert, DW

Zelensky Walks the Knife’s Edge — Kirk Bennett, American Interest

A year on, Juan Guaidó’s attempt at regime change in Venezuela has stalled — Tony Wood, The Guardian

Key quotes from world leaders at Holocaust forum — AP

The Doomsday Clock is closer to apocalypse than at any point in its history — Amanda Shendruk, Quartz