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The Three Big Mistakes China Made in 2020

For the many things Beijing did right this year, it still got a few important things wrong.

How they dealt with him, for one thing.

How they dealt with him, for one thing.

Photographer: TPG/Getty Images AsiaPac

Even if you resent China for being the epicenter of Covid-19, you’ve got to admire Beijing’s leadership skills. Less than a year after the pandemic erupted, life is back to normal, while Europe and the U.S. are still struggling. The country is now the world’s shining economic outlier.

Many good things can be said about China. Wearing a mask isn’t a political debate. Bureaucrats take virus testing so seriously that some measures go overboard. The central bank resisted the temptation to take the cheap, zero-rate shortcut to boost the economy, and is opening financial markets. No wonder yield-hungry foreigners are buying Chinese assets at a record pace, despite angry objections from U.S. President Donald Trump.