A dystopian hypothesis. With a view to the fact that human beings under the influence of ideologies like communism have done equivalent in almost every communist state that has existed in history.
I believe we are witnessing in the twenty first century the fact that our innate weakness is our wonderful democracy and freedoms. In this we have already observed actors such as Russia and Iran deploy our own democracy as a weapon against ourselves in their State propaganda.
But would the Chinese ever take it further? We have seen now how China can control Covid 19 through authoritarian measures. They weld people into their houses, they instantly isolate people who fail a temperature scan in purpose built quarantine facilities, and so on.
Whereas witness the debacle, the mutterings, the indiscipline, the failure of our own last lock-down. (Keep in mind a lot of that failure was also stoked by the "Covid-sceptic" internet propaganda).
So if the Chinese top party officials took seriously the doctrine of power, that they were destined to rule the world and must achieve it rather than be ruled by other forces, other ideology, would they do it?
Taking a brief snapshot, currently Ireland has 46 deaths per 100k, while China has 0.34 deaths per 100,000 people.
Would they justify themselvces say with the thought that a traditionally fought war for dominance would have a far greater casualty rate. And at the end of it, the conquered people would be forced to realise that authoritarian measures were superior to the democratic ones?
I listen to some ideologues on these forums, and I can witness how their ideology more often than not destroys their innate humanity and reason. I might add that I believe love is the only bulwark against the threat of ideology infecting people. It's not easy to love some, though.
Just some conjecture ex tempore.
They done an excellent job making sure it was contained as best as possible
e.g. Dalian a City with a population of nearly 5.5 million all tested in 3 days
We couldn't test Inch in County Wicklow in that time frame