Modern China Studies
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has received plaudits from international press and organizations for their handling of the COVID-19 crisis, with some describing it as a win for China in terms of propaganda. In this essay, I explore an alternative view: That the CCP is responsible for the origin and extent of the pandemic, and that much of their perceived altruism is carefully disguised opportunism and propaganda. Facts are drawn from scholarly work and the popular press to support my arguments. This essay carries strong implications for interpretation of recent events.
Original Publication Citation
Farrell, M. (2020). The role of the Chinese Communist Party in the COVID-19 crisis. Modern China Studies, 27(2), 267-276.
Farrell, Matthew, "The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the COVID-19 Crisis" (2020). Management Faculty Publications. 35.