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China's handling of coronavirus outbreak under scrutiny

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In this special edition, we focus on the coronavirus outbreak in China. Beyond the tragic number of cases and deaths, we're asking about life under lockdown. What are the effects on millions of ordinary citizens, as well as oppressed minorities like the Uighurs? We also ask about the political costs for the Chinese leadership as the country's handling of the COVID-19 crisis comes under scrutiny. To discuss these issues, we're joined by Uighur activist Wu'er Kaixi.

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China had the unenviable position of being the origin of the coronavirus outbreak. Local and federal officials were under pressure to take swift, decisive action in hopes of containing a rapidly spreading disease. Tens of millions of people have had their movement restricted as surveillance methods reached a new level of intensity. Human Rights Watch says China hasn't respected people's rights.

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