- Xi Jinping made his first physical appearance in connection with the fight against the deadly corona virus, in which more than 1,100 people were killed.
- News of appearance appeared to be tightly controlled and coordinated by the government-controlled media.
- Xi emerged as tensions over the corona virus and government response continued to decrease, and it could have been intended to alleviate the tensions.
- He also showed up as the number of cases seemed to slow, suggesting that he had chosen a time when the government seemed to have more control.
- Johns Hopkins University data showed that the number of cases in mainland China increased by 14.5% between February 2nd and 3rd. Between February 10th and 11th, this growth rate slowed to 4.7%.
- Further information can be found on the Business Insider homepage.
Chinese President Xi Jinping finally appeared A month and a half after the country first identified the new, mysterious virus and more than 1,100 people died, an attempt was made on Monday to fight the country's deadly coronavirus.
Xi appeared in several locations in Beijing dedicated to combating and preventing the corona virus.
In the video, Xi is shown wearing an operating mask over his nose and mouth, talking to people and measuring his temperature. Apart from piano music, there is no sound.
—Global Times (@globaltimesnews) February 10, 2020
CNN noted The Chinese state media, who shared the footage with others, did so with texts from the country's official Xinhua news agency rather than their own. Although many Chinese media are run by the state, most of the time they follow their own editorial lines.
CNN also noted that Xi chose to visit places in Beijing where he lives, rather than Wuhan City, the epicenter of the virus.
Xi had been noticeably absent on the front line of the fight against the virus, despite making public statements about how the country would come together and fight its spread.
The virus has sparked some internal criticism of China's single-party political system, including renewed demands for more freedom of speech within the country and anger over what they say was a cover-up of the virus in the early days.
Xi's appearance this week is due to the fact that his government has been under increasing pressure to deal with the virus – but also because the number of reported cases is gradually decreasing.
Here's why Xi Jinping may have decided to show up.
Xi had been subjected to increased pressure to show his face in battle
Instead, Xi sent his right-wing man, Premier Li Keqiang, to the front.
Experts believe that Xi intentionally resigned so as not to be associated with the virus and to protect himself even when the influence of the virus causes trouble and harms his party.
Anger has spread after events like the death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who died in February after treating patients with the virus.
Li was forced by the police to sign a document in which he made "false comments" after alerting his colleagues of the virus in December.
But now that anger is putting pressure on the political system and motivating hundreds to sign an online petition demanding freedom of expression. according to Hong Kong's South China Morning Post,
This anger might have reached a boiling point and Xi had to show his face as a sign that he was involved in the fight.
Xi showed his face as the number of cases slowed
Xi appeared in Beijing on Monday when the number of cases reported in China seemed to be slowing.
A diagram of the cases reported by China The number of cases compiled by Johns Hopkins University appeared to be slowing flatten at the end of last week and over the weekend.
As an an example, Johns Hopkins & # 39; data showed that the number of cases in mainland China increased by 14.5% between February 2nd and 3rd. Between February 10th and 11th, this growth rate slowed to 4.7%.
Simon Rabinovitch, economist for The Economist for Asia, believed that Xi could have timed his appearance to coincide with when China felt more confident that it could control the virus.
– Simon Rabinovitch (@S_Rabinovitch) February 11, 2020
However, there are some doubts about China's numbers as the health system in Wuhan is overwhelmed.
And even if the virus slows down, the number of cases continues to grow every day: in China, more than 44,000 cases were registered on Wednesday, in other countries at least 175, especially in Asia, but also in Europe, Australia and North America ,
There is also no guarantee that this case matching will lead to a decrease in the number of cases. The health ministers of some countries are Warning of the worse that will come,