Faced with ethnic and religious conflicts, territorial disputes, and climate change, water resources crisis, and other non-traditional security threats, China and India as two ancient civilizations, should set an example for the world. The two countries should enhance mutual understanding through people to people exchanges and dialogue between civilizations.
Many international observers have been shocked when they look at the US and see, in the midst of the greatest pandemic since last century, dumbfounding acts: university students romping on the beaches, demonstrators at state capitols without masks demanding an end to quarantine measures, and fake social media campaigns warning about the dangers of being vaccinated. Is this a society gone mad and plunging toward its own destruction?
The coronavirus situation in the US and Europe is now so serious that it is overwhelming the ability of numerous Western governments to develop strategic policies. Given the immense efforts and suffering the Chinese people put into fighting the coronavirus, it is difficult for them to imagine that the situation in the West is very many times worse than it was at the worst moment of the crisis in China. But this reality is proven by the facts.
A system, no matter how perfect it may be, requires people to execute it. Only when they acquire basic knowledge can they make comprehensive decisions and reduce the possibility of negligence when similar crises arise. Even as they become more aware of their personal safety, managerial and grass-root level staff will have a heightened awareness of any emerging crisis, which will prompt them to make timely responses and ensure reporting procedures are followed smoothly.
The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted almost every country, and many of the world's leading politicians and scholars are now discussing world order after the crisis. The pandemic will indeed change many things, but for the international political and economic landscape, it will be more of a catalyst, accelerating or revealing political and economic processes that already existed but are not so apparent.
There is no doubt that the current, unprecedented global economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic requires unprecedented measures of global cooperation. However, the current global action is sadly insufficient and the future looks uncertain.True, the Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit offered a glimmer of hope. Several good proposals were made, but they were not given adequate attention in the international media and in the work of decision-makers. Many are focusing on other themes, mainly revolving around the statistics of the pandemic and its victims, and on measures taken at the level of countries.