As the U.S. struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, China this week announced plans to reopen Wuhan, the city in central China where it first emerged. Observers are increasingly assessing the disparity between their performances through the lens of strategic competition. Here are three ways in which the global pandemic is shaping U.S.-China relations:1. China wants the rest of the world to know its approach workedIn a March 10 letter to the United Nations, China’s ambassador to the U.N. conveyed his country’s growing confidence that China has contained the spread of the virus. This week, in addition, the Chinese government reported a five-day stretch without any new local cases in Wuhan. And China is now dispatching covid-19 medical experts and equipment to Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, Italy and France.Beijing contends that its swift moves to control the outbreak restored political stability at home and prepared China to share essential global assistance. Will this narrative gain enduring traction? The answer depends in part on whether Washington can overcome its faltering initial response, which has spotlighted poor health care coordination between its national state and local leadership.While America played a decisive role in fighting AIDS in Africa in the 2000s and


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