One hundred Chinese scholars published "An Open Letter to the People of the United States from 100 Chinese Scholars" in The Diplomat. It appeals for solidarity between China and the US and calls for an end to politicizing the pandemic and demonizing other countries. On Friday, more than 90 prominent figures in US security, diplomatic, business and academic circles also signed a letter calling on the Trump administration to work more closely with China to end the pandemic. The two letters echo each other. Officials and prominent figures from more than 20 countries have expressed their support for the Chinese scholars' letter seeking solidarity and stopping of the blame game.
The Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters that respectively signify “danger” and “opportunity.” The coronavirus pandemic has indeed alerted the world to the “danger” lurking amongst us. But the G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit on COVID-19 of March 26 represented a real "opportunity” to advance a coordinated global response to the outbreak, and to create also a new paradigm for humankind to overcome the drawbacks and dangers implied by the prevailing geopolitical status quo.
The convening of the G20 emergency summit is a right and urgent step in increasing global coordination and stabilizing economic confidence on the fight against COVID-19. At present, the virus has spread to more than 150 countries, and nearly 500,000 people have been infected worldwide, with the number of confirmed cases and death still rising rapidly.
The foreign policy of the United States has undergone major changes in recent years. From the Obama administration’s passive response to great-power competition to the Trump administration’s targeting of China and Russia as major strategic rivals, the U.S. has officially given up unipolarity in favor of the new era of great-power competition.
Some US politicians attempting to politicize the novel coronavirus have come under fire as officials, scientists and experts on international relations warned that such stigmatization would undermine international solidarity in containing the pandemic.The warning came after some senior US officials connected the virus with China. They include US President Donald Trump, who described the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" on social media and a White House media briefing, although Director Robert Redfield of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said using the word Chinese as a way to describe the coronavirus is wrong.
The pandemic has had a strong impact on the Southeast Asian economy and around the world. The main export destination for China and Southeast Asian products is the US and European markets. As China has been gradually resuming economic activities, its consumption needs will help the recovery of the Southeast Asia industrial sector. For instance, China can purchase Southeast Asian products as supplements to imports from other parts of the world.
The sudden outbreak of a new pandemic has dealt a severe blow to China and the world economy. Can the Chinese economy survive COVID-19? Will there be an impact on the global supply chain? John Ross, former director of economic and business policy for the Mayor of London and a senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies under Renmin University of China, shares his views with CGTN.