CHINA – How 2020 left China ‘diplomatically diminished’ (Zaheena Rasheed, Al Jazeera)

China alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to the first cases of COVID-19 a year ago.

As the respiratory illness spread rapidly across the globe, Beijing’s handling of the disease – first detected in the central city of Wuhan – drew intense international scrutiny and opened a new front in the deteriorating ties between China and the United States.