New Delhi: As China is battling the worst health emergency situation following the outbreak of coronavirus which has so far killed over 800 people, international media has posed a serious question in front of Chinese leadership. While the state media is highlighting how China is setting up facilities in minimum time and how the country is fighting the emergency under the guidance of President, Xi Jinping is nowhere to be seen. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: PM Modi Writes to Chinese President Jinping, Offers Help to Tackle Epidemic
According to CNN, this is “weird, not only because a country’s leader is normally front and centre during a crisis, but because Xi typically dominates media coverage at the best of times, regardless of how seemingly routine his activities are. Since he came to power in 2012, the People’s Daily especially has become known for running multiple headlines about Xi and plastering not only the front page but several after it with nearly identical pictures of him shaking hands with various officials.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Airport at a Greater Risk of Importing nCov Than Other Indian Airports, Claims Study
The New York Times took note that Jinping was last publicly seen before Chinese New Year. “Every single Chinese person, every member of the Chinese nation, should feel proud to live in this great era. Our progress will not be halted by any storms and tempests,” he had said without mentioning coronavirus. Also Read - In Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak, India Bars Entry of Foreigners Who Went to China After Jan 15
“Xi put the country’s No. 2 leader, Li Keqiang, in charge of a leadership group handling the emergency, effectively turning him into the public face of the government’s response. It was Li who travelled to Wuhan to visit doctors,” the NYT reported.