Quote of the Week: Xi Jinping’s Eternal “State of exception”

Political theorists in the early 20th century coined the term “state of exception” for an authoritarian state’s use of crises to normalize extraordinary extralegal measures — and keep them in effect indefinitely. In China, Mr. Xi first put Xinjiang in a state of exception, and more recently has used Covid-19 as justification to do the same for the country’s entire population of 1.4 billion.

(Why It Matters That China’s Protests Started in Xinjiang by James Millward)

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