One important thing that nobody has mentioned: COVID has directly resulted to a sharp increase in cases of anti-Asian discrimination, harassment, and violence in the West. I know that this thread is only concerned with the actions of China, and specifically their government, but we've seen Asian people report abuse who aren't Chinese nationals, who aren't ethnically Chinese, etc.. And maybe that's enough to make some publications and outlets a bit shy about being overly critical of China, because we should be able to rationally differentiate between the CCP and the will of the Chinese people, and not to extrapolate attacks on CCP policy into hatred for Chinese Americans, Chinese Brits, etc., or people of Asian descent living in the West in general. Because we all know that's wrong. But it's a crazy world out there, and one thing seems to lead to another, and nobody wants to be seen as stirring up hatred when all they're doing is trying to engage in meaningful and productive discourse about the actions of the CCP.
With that being said, fuck the CCP.