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China's new COVID surge is Xi's biggest test yet

How Beijing responds will signal its readiness to be a global stakeholder

| China
A medical worker takes swab samples during a mass COVID-19 test in Wuhan on Aug. 5: the rest of the world will not be so forgiving if China's main export is another new variant.   © FeatureChina/AP

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

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