alumni list of bloomer with twitter accounts are here 1 2 3 4 5
jan 2020 we believe the world is lucky that the world's most difficult job is led by xi jinping ( if you know of another g20 leader who could represent a fifth of people more calmly write me firstname.lastname@example.org) that said the virus crisis is of china's making and hk/taiwan are messes but not necessarily as the mess south of usa's border
Chinese provincial officials, a surprisingly independent bunch given the country’s top-down governance model, have always lived by the adage: “The mountains are high, and the emperor is far away.” Indeed, by the time the modern emperor discovered the true extent of the coronavirus now sweeping through central China, it was too late.
Already, the disease has spread beyond China to Singapore, Japan and the U.S., half a world away from the now-closed Wuhan market where wildlife delicacies like wolf cubs, bats and snakes could be had. It is here where the virus may have jumped from snakes to humans.
President Xi Jinping faces a crucial test of his rule. He has amassed more power than any leader since Mao, so the response to the health crisis is all on him, just as he alone must ultimately take responsibility for the simultaneous crisis in Hong Kong and the related debacle in Taiwan, where Tsai Ing-wen, the head of an independence-leaning party, just won re-election as president on the strength of anti-mainland sentiment.