How Chinese propaganda is reframing the coronavirus narrative

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As new cases of COVID-19 drop in China, experts say Beijing has started to use different propaganda tools to improve its international image and portray its authoritarian system as better equipped to handle a crisis. On Monday, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency published an op-ed emphasizing that China has adopted the “most comprehensive, most strict and most thorough preventative measures” to combat the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) outbreak. The piece claims that China has made tremendous progress in containing the virus, and life is gradually getting back to normal. The article also highlights that China is sending medical experts abroad to help countries like Italy deal with the outbreak.