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Chinese Top Officials Visit Wuhan
Part I- Background: Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, visited the epicenter of COVID-19 in Wuhan on March 10, 2020. Before Xi’s arrival at a local community, a large number of policemen and government staff came to make preparations. Several residents within “shouting distance” to Xi told their friends on WeChat that policemen came in to stay inside their apartments throughout the whole inspection, to prevent residents from shouting unfavorable slogans. Part II- Background: On March 5, China’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan went to Wuhan to inspect the local government’s work in taking care of residents during the coronavirus outbreak. When she toured a residential community, government staff shuffled grocery carts around, pretending to work hard to make sure residents have enough to eat, but suddenly a woman shouted from her window, “it’s all fake,” and many others joined her to shout “Fake, Fake!” All these residents are placed under strict lockdown and not allowed to leave their buildings. They have to rely on community staff to purchase food.