Commentary: As the US plays the blame game, China steps up its global leadership
As it stands, China is doing a lot more to help end the outbreak than the United States is, says Vali Nasr.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: CHINA VS USDespite their early missteps, it did not take long for China’s leaders to recognise their initial mistake and take decisive action. The government sealed off affected areas, locked down a huge swath of the population, built designated COVID-19 hospitals, and ramped up production of necessary equipment, including test kits, masks and ventilators.
READ: Commentary: China’s coronavirus lockdown on cities was necessary. But there are more important lessonsThe lockdowns may have been draconian, but China’s strategy seems to have worked. Within a few weeks, new infections began to decline, and new local infections have reportedly stopped. Steps are now being taken to ease the lockdown.
Unlike China, the US had plenty of warning that COVID-19 was coming. But, rather than take action, Trump downplayed the threat, dithered before fulfilling his pledge to use the Defense Production Act to force private companies to manufacture vital equipment, and refused to impose a nationwide shelter-in-place order.
READ: Trump tells GM: Stop 'wasting time', build ventilators to address coronavirusU.S. President Donald Trump faces the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstMoreover, apparently fearing for his re-election prospects amid economic crisis, Trump announced his intention to “reopen” the US economy
by Easter, only to reverse himself as the number of cases and deaths soared.Simply put, he has prioritised politics over public health – precisely what he criticised Chinese officials for doing when COVID-19 emerged. The World Health Organization’s recent warning that the US could become the new epicentre of the pandemic seems to have been borne out: The country now has the world’s highest number of cases.
CHINA’S INTERNATIONAL PROFILEMeanwhile, parts of Europe are struggling to cope with the outbreak, with Italy and Spain having now surpassed China in COVID-19 deaths.This, together with Trump’s leadership failures, has lent credence to claims that China’s state-led governance model is better equipped than democratic systems – often politically deadlocked and dysfunctional – to respond to “black swans” (major unexpected shocks).
READ: Commentary: No room for BS in the time of coronavirusThe US may succeed in its bid to prevent its allies from adopting Chinese telecommunications technology. But it cannot stop the world from emulating China’s approach to public health or social organisation if it proves effective during the COVID-19 crisis. And, so far, China’s track record is pretty convincing.
Photographs of planeloads of Chinese doctors and medical equipment arriving in places like Rome and Tehran, disseminated across social media worldwide, have raised China’s international profile further. Read more: CNA »
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US Navy used to stop over at Chinese ports like HK etc before things gotten worse at the P-level. Think about that. Things that you folks don’t know doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Similarly to think that China is the only country to “blame” is naive and childish. US Army was never in China. EVER. China thinks we're stupid enough to believe that? They will never allow US military on their soil. This is straight up Chinese propaganda! Screw them
“Global leaders” don’t export defective goods in a pandemic China foreign ministry said virus originated from US army whom visited China! Stop publishing nonsense news. Stop publishing garbage. First 2 paragraphs and it’s already a waste of my 2 seconds.
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