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Eerie feel: The scenes outside the stadium as Juventus faced Inter Milan behind closed doors in the Serie A football clash in Turin, Italy, yesterday.Photo: Reuters

Eerie feel: The scenes outside the stadium as Juventus faced Inter Milan behind closed doors in the Serie A football clash in Turin, Italy, yesterday.Photo: Reuters

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Eerie feel: The scenes outside the stadium as Juventus faced Inter Milan behind closed doors in the Serie A football clash in Turin, Italy, yesterday.Photo: Reuters

The world's geopolitical order will be unrecognisable once Covid-19 has done its worst. Long-standing regimes will be badly compromised. Political systems that have never fully recovered from the Lehman crisis will suffer a second body blow.

Those Western democratic governments that have been most complacent or incompetent will be torn to shreds by unforgiving electorates. Social media will see to that.

Covid-19 is turning into a strategic contest between the social control model of China's Communist Party and the unruly pluralism of the West. How that plays out will shape the global order in the 21st century.