For the Chinese Communist Party, COVID-19 is both a risk and an opportunity. Chinese state media are used to project positive images in tackling the novel virus but growing numbers of social media users are questioning the party’s line.

President Xi Jinping’s first trip to Myanmar, a linchpin of China’s geopolitical ambitions, deepens their relationship at a crucial time.

National Day celebrations are an opportunity for China’s Communist Party to project strength. But Hong Kong’s ongoing crisis poses a challenge.