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Made in China: Wuhan Covid and the Quest for Biotech Supremacy

Made in China: Wuhan  Covid and the Quest for Biotech Supremacy

ISBN: 9781787384675

Author: Jasper Becker

Format: Hardback

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What might COVID-19 mean for and reveal about China's place in the world? The coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan home to the leading lab studying the SARS virus and bats. Was that pure coincidence? This book explores what we know and still don't know about the origins of COVID-19 and how it was handled in China. We may never get all the answers but much is already clear: China's record as the origin of earlier pandemics and its struggle to bring contagious diseases under control; its history as both a victim of biological warfare and a developer of deadly bioweapons. When Covid broke out Wuhan was building science parks to realise Beijing's ambitions in biotech research. Whoever achieves global leadership of the gene-editing industry stands to harvest great power and wealth. China has already challenged Western technological supremacy with 5G and in other industries. Yet this tiny invisible virus has cruelly exposed a critical flaw in the Chinese political system: obsessive secrecy. The West wanted to trust the PRC hoping that as it prospered it would become an open society. Made in China reveals how Beijing's leaders have betrayed that trust.

Book Title: Made in China: Wuhan Covid and the Quest for Biotech Supremacy
Author: Jasper Becker
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781787384675
About the Author: Jasper Becker lived in and reported from Beijing for eighteen years, including as bureau chief for the South China Morning Post. A Mandarin-speaker, he has written on China for The Guardian, The Economist and The Spectator. He is the author of ten books including the acclaimed Hungry Ghosts: Mao's Secret Famine.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: July 2021

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