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Why the coronavirus outbreak might be the biggest challenge for China's Xi

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEFeb. 15, 2020, 9:42 AM UTCBy Alexander SmithThe coronavirus outbreak has killed almost 1,400 people in China, spread to over two dozen countries and created a global health crisis. It is also the biggest challenge yet facing President Xi Jinping since he became leader of China in 2012.Some say it may be the greatest test China has faced since hundreds of protesters were killed by government forces in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.“There was no internet then and the government could easily blockade information," said Zhang LiFan, an independent historian based in Beijing. "Times have changed now. Beli ...