Confident China Shrugs Off Global Backlash

If you thought that putting the squeeze on big Chinese tech companies, sanctioning officials and making life difficult for Chinese students and reporters abroad would bring Xi Jinping to heel, you only need to look at the footage today from Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.With his trademark half smile on display, the Chinese president, sans mask, waved and shook hands with people receiving medals for fighting the coronavirus.Full of pomp and protocol, the ceremony aimed to send a bigger messa


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