Relations between the WHO and the US have soured after Trump accused the global health body of mismanaging the pandemic and for being "China-centric". Trump has also ordered US funding to the WHO to be halted. The moves have been widely viewed as a way of deflecting attention from the US government's poor handling of the pandemic at home.
The year 2020 is regarded as a critical year for China-EU relations. How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect Europe's overall position on China? How can China and the EU work together to help the world overcome the challenge? Global Times (GT) reporter Li Qingqing interviewed Professor Danilo Türk (Türk), former president of the Republic of Slovenia from 2007 to 2012 and a senior visiting fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, on these issues.
I live in Wangjing, a quite internationalized area in Beijing. Many Fortune 500 companies are headquartered there, and 10 percent of the around 600,000 residents are expats. Every weekend, I take walks in Wangjing's many parks to exercise and watch the changes in the city.
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 pandemic has spooked the global financial markets and created a skyrocketing demand for the U.S. dollar as investors rush to safety. Some consider the dollar's reserve currency status was reaffirmed as the U.S. Federal Reserve embarked on large scale currency swaps to provide liquidity to central banks around the world, while others think the other way.
The fundamental commitment of the authorities was to save as many lives as possible, and compared to the lives lost in the fight with the virus in other countries, not least of all, in the US, the cost for China in human life, while tragic, was far less. As the virus began to hit other countries, the "Wuhan model" became the paradigm. And as the fight subsided in China, Chinese teams were sent to other countries to aid them with equipment and with sound advice on combating the spread.
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.