A year ago on 23 January 2020 the world saw its first coronavirus lockdown come into force in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic is believed to have started.
At the time, the wider world was shocked by the harsh restrictions and rigid enforcement.
From late January until June, the city was effectively sealed off from the rest of the country.
But even though it came at a significant cost, it proved to be a highly successful method of tackling the virus.
One year on, China is often held up as one of the virus success stories – not least by Beijing itself. So how exactly did China get from lockdown to here – and how has Beijing controlled its own story?
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 22, 2021
Reasons why Covid variant could kill more people are uncertain — Sarah Boseley, The Guardian
Covid vaccines: what are the implications of new variants of virus? — Ian Sample, The Guardian
A Slow Vaccine Rollout Frustrates Germany — Ethen Kim Lieser, National Interest
Tough tests for Joe Biden in ‘new’ Middle East — Lyse Doucet, BBC
Will China spoil Biden’s reunion with Europe? — Chelsey Dulaney, DW
Biden’s militarized inauguration showcased Democrats’ insecurity — Glenn H. Reynolds, New York Post
Don’t Let Indian Ocean Slip Away Like South China Sea — James Crabtree, Nikkei
China’s role in knocking the lights off in Pakistan — FM Shakil, Asia Times
After another Museveni ‘victory’, Uganda is at a tipping point — Rosebell Kagumire, Al Jazeera
Islamic State tries to shore up relevance with Iraq carnage — Frank Gardner, BBC
Russia’s Impact on US National Interests: Preventing Nuclear War and Proliferation — Alexandra Bell, Russia Matters
Why Biden Is Pushing for Arms Control With Russia — Mark Episkopos, National Interest
The US must invest and prepare for the threat of what is yet to come — Scott Cooper, Defense News
2021: What awaits us in space this year? — Dirk Lorenzen, DW