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China could accept more infections to lessen economic damage

Economic fallout and political turmoil do not care much about borders

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Empty streets in Shanghai on April 1: The lockdown has already lasted longer than the state first promised.   © VCG/Getty Images

Ian Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media and author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.

China's leaders have a story to tell. The Chinese Communist Party, they say, leads the nation on behalf of the Chinese people, and it does so far more effectively than American and European leaders govern their own countries. The so-called Western democracies are plagued with greed, arrogance and dysfunction.

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