Looking Back on the China Experience | The Novel Outbreak

Oct 22 , 2020 | COVID-19

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Professor Lawrence Lau is an economist known for his long academic career at Stanford University, and as the former vice-chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His new book about the pandemic is co-authored with Yanyan Xiong, and explores the experiences of one country’s response to a new virus. Our Host James Chau spoke to Prof. Lau in the early weeks of the outbreak—and now again, as the pandemic continues to ravage the world.


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