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Thinking About the Pandemic

Conversation between Manel Ollé and Sergi Vicente

China after the Lockdown

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What can we learn from the Chinese management of the crisis? Will it change the role of the country in world geopolitics? Manel Ollé, a historian specialising in modern and contemporary China, and Sergi Vicente, TV·correspondent in China from 2003 to 2014 and present director of betevé, discuss the effects of the pandemic in China and its global repercussions.

As the pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19 is reaching its peak in Europe, it would seem that China, which has put an end to the strict lockdown in the province of Hubei and has announced that the quarantine in Wuhan will end on 8 April, is over the worst of the crisis. This success has been possible thanks to an authoritarian political system and technological surveillance that guarantees total control over the population. However, the controversial initial management of the crisis by Xi Jinping’s government has opened up a fissure in Chinese public opinion as people are now demanding more transparency of information and freedom of expression.

This discussion has been recorded previously in order to guarantee its technical quality, complying with the present official restrictions on movement. It will be broadcasted on the CCCB website.

Participants: Manel Ollé, Sergi Vicente

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