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Opinion

Xi's excessive secrecy inflicts needless self-harm

A softer form of authoritarian rule would better serve Beijing's interests

| China
An image of Xi Jinping at an exhibition on the fight against the outbreak in Wuhan, pictured on Jan. 23: the real lesson is the harm caused by excessive secrecy.   © AP

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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