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February 21, 2020
 
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The coronavirus outbreak seems to be far from abating in China, where there have been at least 75,000 cases and more than 2200 resulting deaths. South Korea has seen a leap in the last three days to 156 confirmed cases. Travellers are in quarantine in many countries. Nowhere in this globalised world seems entirely safe.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been rolling out a security state and, says prominent Australian journalist Rowan Callick in today’s lead article, promising “a Chinese century of power and affluence.” But, he adds, the epidemic underlines a basic reality: “for all the vast sums spent on security in China, it remains fundamentally elusive for most people.”

Nothing illustrates that more poignantly than the story of Wu Huayan, a young woman who died recently as the result of severe malnutrition from trying to support herself and her mentally ill brother on the equivalent of US$43.50 a month. Nor can we forget the victims of security locked up in re-education camps. Will this epidemic change anything?

On a completely different note, Sophia Martinson offers a virtuous angle on the Tradwife theme

Cheers,





Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,
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