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China’s Dual Face To Coronavirus – Free PDF Download

 

INTRODUCTION

  • Ever since Xi Jinping assumed the post of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China,
  • he has repeatedly announced the Middle Kingdom’s intentionto occupy a position of global influence by the middle of the century.
  • Over the past 8years, China has steadily manou evered itself into leadership positions in international institutions.
  • It has deepened its stranglehold over global supply chains.
  • The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan & China’s domestic and international response to this pandemic, has forced the world to confront the grim realities of Chinese leadership.

CHINA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

  • Research indicates that had China taken proactive measures to contain & suppress the pandemic earlier in December 2019,  the number of #Covid19 cases could have been mitigated by up to 95%.
  • Opposite happened.
  • Local authorities in China suppressed information about the outbreak.
  • Destroying proof of the virus sometime in December.
  • Official censors scrubbed social media posts from medical professional swarning of  a new “SARS-like” disease.
  • Latemid – January,Chinese authorities even deni edevidence of any community transmission.

MORE BLUNDERS

  • China delayed notifying the WHO and in permitting it to inspect the situation in Wuhan.
  • It released vital genetic information to the international community afull weekafter it was isolated.
  • Allowed millions of individuals from Wuhan to leave the city unscreened, many of whom then travelled the world.
  • ON THE OTHER SIDE

CHINA’S REACTION TO INTERNATIONAL BACKLASH

  • As expected China changed gears.
  • Chinese officials now appear to be engaged in an authorized and concerted misinformation campaign.
  • Foreign Affairs spokesperson ludicrously claiming that the US Army was responsible for smuggling the ‘Virus’ into Wuhan.

GEO-ECONOMIC ANGLE

  • Beijing is using its industrial prowess and control over critical supply chains,including medical supplies.
  • It has raced to be seen as providing public goods when other powers are faltering.
  • But the aids from China is highly contingent on limiting criticism of Chinaand refraining from trying to hold it accountable

  • China’s ambassador to the Philippines threatened to retaliate by cutting imports if Manila did not lift its travel banin early-February.
  • This is despite an overwhelming global consensus that restricting travel would contain the spread of the virus.

ENDLESS CRISIS

  • Barely 3months into a new decade,
  • The international community is now confronted by a prolonged public health emergency whose contours and impact are not evenvaguely known at the moment.
  • An equally paralysingand fearful consequence is the global economic slowdownas a direct result of China’s irresponsible domestic and international behaviour.

AMERICA-A RESPONSIBLE HEGEMON

  • US too was a hegemon and the world lived under American hegemony.
  • But it was an accountable hegemon.
  • It isconstrained by American democratic traditions and open to corrective pressure at home and abroad.

BUT WHAT ABOUT CHINA?

  • China’s global interests, like its domestic interests, stem from a primal survival instinct-
  • Preserving the legitimacy, upholding the authority and ensuring the continuityof the Communist Party of China.
  • It clearly shows that CPC is more than willing to endanger the health of the international community to promote Beijing’sirresponsible hegemony.
  • REMEMBER, IT’S NOT CHINESE PEOPLE. IT’S CPC
  • SO WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD DO WITH CHINA?

 

 

 

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