In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, Chinese police stand guard in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. This year's version of China's biggest political meeting of the year will be unlike any other. Delayed from March because of the then-spiraling coronavirus outbreak, the decision to go ahead with the gathering signals a partial return to normalcy in the country where the pandemic first broke out. Associated Press

China wants to use the coronavirus pandemic to fort its region internationally by depict itself as not only confident and efficient, but admirable, magnanimous and reliable. But the pandemic is undercutting China’s economic expectation by imperiling its debtors and stimulating non-eu countries apprehensive of relying on China for manufacturing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

From the moment Chinese commanders belatedly recognized that a deadly brand-new pathogen was spreading rapidly in the city of Wuhan and beyond, it became apparent that the coronavirus would play a defining role in shaping the image and strength of China and its regime for years to come.

Beijing has been working overtime ever since not just to contain the virus at home, but to shape the narrative of the pandemic there and abroad, seeking to portray China and its rulers as wise, efficient, powerful and generous. China’s ultimate goal is to emerge from this crisis as a more powerful player on the global stage, by capitalizing on what looks just like a hinge time in history.See the rest of the narrative at Business Insider

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