The catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19 racing across the US seems unstoppable with at least 163,000 infection case and more than 3,000 deaths as of Monday evening. Such severe domestic calamity situation has yet to turn some US politicians' attention to implementing better measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. These politicians have failed to put forward helpful proposals to tackle the virus, but have spared no efforts to come up nonsensical resolutions to blame China for their self-inflicted woes.
Returning to my residential community after some grocery shopping, I adjust my mask and roll up a sleeve to expose a bare wrist. “Temperature check, resident's pass please,” the man manning the gate requests.
Anti-virus measures implemented by South Korean President Moon Jae-in's administration have had a positive impact on his approval rating that previously had been in decline for over one year.
An absurd theory is emerging in international public opinion. It maliciously suggests that China is “culpable” for the global coronavirus pandemic, and that what the country is doing – such as providing foreign assistance – is an atonement for its “sins.” Such rhetoric is completely groundless and is nonsense.
For those who advocate China-US decoupling and are wearing China-made masks, don't you feel embarrassed?
Since the viral outbreak of COVID-19 in the US, there have been a number of serious clashes between the federal and state governments.
For most people it's unfathomable that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is the first global event that hasn't been led by the US since 1941. In 1941, the US was a leader in the worldwide antifascist war. During this current global fight against an invisible enemy, the US is hardly able to protect itself. The US should have been much better prepared for the outbreak considering the coronavirus came to its shores after it had rampaged through China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany and Britain.
The coronavirus is posing an increasingly tough challenge to the entire world. What can China's successful experience offer? What role does it play in the global anti-virus fight? What's behind some Western politicians' slandering of China's efforts? Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, chairman of The Kuhn Foundation and recipient of the China Reform Friendship Medal (2018), shared his insights on these issues and more with Global Times (GT) reporter Yan Yunming.
The global pandemic is not local or regional. It transcends borders and threatens the entire human race. A global existential crisis calls for global efforts. At this most challenging time, it undermines the global joint virus fight if one continues stirring up political biases and prejudices.
The coronavirus pandemic is also reshaping the content and form of international strategic communications. In the past, US-led Western countries alone engaged in exchanges regarding major global issues. With the increasing number of severe non-traditional security challenges, however, communication between major developing countries and developing and developed nations is increasing. Not only are political, security, and economic issues being discussed. Non-traditional security challenges such as the financial crisis, terrorism, and public health have become priority topics.
China is willing to offer help if any country is in need, but for those who keep smearing China's foreign assistance, they had better not use any China-provided supplies.
India and China share a number of similarities. They both have populations exceeding 1 billion and both are developing countries. China's successful COVID-19 fight, which featured rapid mobilization of resources and timely public warnings and deep coordination between the government and the people, are lessons India and other countries should heed.
The coronavirus outbreak helps us recognize the community with a shared destiny is not an empty idea. Building such a community is not an abstract concept or illusory notion, but a guiding ideology and roadmap that will effectively address global challenges.
Trump said that “China has been through much and has developed a strong understanding of the Virus” after his phone call with President Xi. The timely conversation between the two heads of state is vital for the two countries to carry out substantial cooperation on the coronavirus, although there are obstacles ahead. If the hurtful rhetoric of people like Pompeo continues, not only Americans but the entire world will suffer.
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he hopes to “have the country opened up” by April 12, Easter Sunday. The plan obviously places political interests above the health of millions of Americans.
The special G20 summit on March 26 was a very important, timely and a remarkable meeting. The meeting marked two firsts in the G20's 20-year history: The first is a video conference for the first time; Second, for the first time the theme of the conference is to cope with COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the enemy of all people and one of the greatest non-traditional security challenges and economic risks ever faced. No country can stand alone in this storm. Shifting responsibility will not solve problems but intensify conflicts. Only through cooperation and practical actions can we overcome our difficulties together.
To wipe out the virus, China's successful experience is extremely helpful and enlightening, as China knows the pain and is getting through it. Here are at least eight crucial takeaways the world can learn from China's measures.