The Covid-19 epidemic is not the first biological threat to humans and will not be the last. There have been several epidemics since the beginning of 21st century, although the West has mostly has managed to avoid the worst, but it does not mean that an epidemic will never seriously trouble those parts of the world. Biological threats are every country's problem, not only those that are most badly challenged by the emergence of a serious public health threat.
With the rising cases in South Korea and Japan, it’s clear that no country alone can control an epidemic like COVID-19. Complicating the situation further is the multiple side effects of the virus. Apart from its potentially deadly pathogenic character, the virus leads to social exclusion and exacerbates the already existing differences on biomedical approaches to epidemic control and global health standards. So collective efforts are needed to end the differences in the battle against COVID-19, control its spread and find a cure for it.
The sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, caught China totally unprepared just before the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. China's economy suffered a lot in the epidemi. Interruptions in Chinese supply chains is spreading to other countries, which will influence the global economy. If China has the right policies and pathways, and if it works successfully with the international community, there is a high chance that its economic growth will stay within its trend line over the medium term.
The Year of Rodent in 2020 will leave an indelible mark in my memory as we usher in the Lunar New Year against the gloomy backdrop of the onslaught of Coronavirus. Throughout the history of mankind, virus knows no race or nation state. It could cause an outbreak anywhere. It is the collective responsibility of international community to fight the deadly pandemic concertedly in the interest of human survival.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his sidekick and fellow West Pointer, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, descended on the Munich Security Conference (MSC), like Batman and Robin into Gotham City, to "save" the people from the "evils" lurking around them, in this case China and Russia. "The West is Winning" Pompeo trumpeted triumphantly to what must have been a surprised audience, gathered to discuss how the Cold War was over and that new forms of collaboration between nations had to be established.
The U.S. general election this year will be a special one in American politics. Bilateral ties will see greater uncertainty, and relations will be even more difficult to handle. All of this suggests China needs to maintain strategic calm, think from a long-term perspective, adhere to principles, observe developments with a cool mind and avoid jumping to rash conclusions about certain matters as they suddenly crop up.
On April 12, Zhou Rong, senior fellow of RDCY join the program The Belt and Road: Face to Face, which was co-produced by by China Economic Net and VSH News Television, and discussed the hot issues regarding the development of China. The following is the full text of the discussion.