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Chinese netizens flip from anger to praise for virus response

Party restores image as opinion morphs and blame shifts away from Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, takes precautions against the coronavirus. Infections have topped 80,000 in China and 100,000 worldwide.   © Xinhua/Kyodo

TOKYO -- Chinese public opinion of Beijing's response to the new coronavirus has undergone a wild reversal in the weeks since the epidemic began, with online comments turning from bitter criticism into loud applause.

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