Coronavirus an opportunity for Beijing to usher in Chinese century

Europe Letter: With the West in decline and China rising, old certainties are crumbling

A woman walks past a portrait of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai. Photograph: Aly Song/File Photo/Reuters

A woman walks past a portrait of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai. Photograph: Aly Song/File Photo/Reuters

It is difficult to know the future implications of a moment in history while you are still living through it.

But one of the most striking indications that the pandemic will be a historical marker must be the hints from Saudi authorities that they may cancel the hajj.

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