China’s bubble Olympics kept reality at a distance
They did it — that much seems obvious. But what, exactly, was the “it” that they did?
China pulled off a logistically adept Olympics with very few mechanical glitches — no small affair in the pandemic era. It made that happen primarily by creating what it called, in inimitable Chinese government style, a “closed-loop system” — the now-renowned Olympic “bubble” designed to corral anyone affiliated with the Olympics and, just as important, keep them from infecting the rest of the country.
For these Games, the government made sure to put...