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Coronavirus sheds light on China's 'propaganda machine': filmmaker

Leon Lee says Beijing has turned outbreak failure into a party success story

Chinese Canadian documentarian Leon Lee promotes his latest film "Letter from Masanjia" in Tokyo ahead of its March 21 release. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

TOKYO -- Leon Lee, a Chinese Canadian documentary filmmaker who focuses on human rights, considers his friends in China more open-minded and worldly than their average compatriots.

Their perspective on the coronavirus pandemic, however, has reminded him of the power of Beijing's propaganda.

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