The fumbling US pandemic response provides a clear opening, said Yun Jiang, director of Australian National University’s China Policy Centre.
“The fact that the US is not only not doing enough, but actually doing things that go against American interests, is a big help to China,” she said.
The three-day Wuhan tour also included foreign media outlets and ended Saturday.
It featured primary-school students performing traditional Chinese opera and ballet, a renovated food market presented as a model of sanitation, and a Yangtze riverfront cruise underneath a skyline ablaze with towering light displays referencing the virus recovery.
The city of 11 million — which suffered more than 80 percent of China’s 4,634 Covid-19 deaths — has come a long way since the pandemic’s grim early days, when a suffocating weeks-long lockdown rendered it a ghost town.