The other day, my son recommended me a piece of 8K music, which means music produced with a high-tech display resolution with superior clarity and depth. As I put on the headphones, it felt like I was surrounded by a full 360-degree wave cycle.
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world, with total cases growing rapidly by the day, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been busy blaming China with unsupported “lab conspiracy” claims and calling the coronavirus the “Wuhan virus.” He presumes to hold China accountable for the origin of the virus and a purported “cover-up.” The attorney general of the state of Missouri filed a lawsuit seeking compensation from China. President Donald Trump shared the allegations. Similar charges and threats against China have come from a few people in European countries, India and Australia, demanding reparations.
The origin of a virus is to be determined by medical experts - not politicians without experience conducting scientific research. Not one notable medical expert has supported the Trump administration's claim. Indeed, numerous medical experts have stated the claim is without merit. US allies, such as Britain and Australia, have also rejected the claim. Why, therefore, is a lie, rejected by credible medical professionals, and one that therefore carries zero international credibility, being put forward daily by the Trump administration?
As COVID-19 sweeps across the world, its multifaceted impact on China-U.S. relations is increasingly prominent. A view held in some strategic circles in the United States is that China is using the pandemic in a disinformation campaign designed to elevate its own global influence. As China leads the world recovery, this thinking goes, it will exploit the opportunity to shape the post Covid-19 world.
To focus solely on border security is narrow-minded. Finger pointing in a global crisis is short-sighted. Infectious diseases constitute challenges far beyond the realm of medical science and the borders of any single country. They test our global conceptions and mindset.
We are writing to call for a set of internationally coordinated, locally relevant actions to address the medium- and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture, food, and nutrition security.The current global health crisis has disrupted supply chains and laid bare the need to address the inter-related challenges of hunger, malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation and has emphasized the need for concerted, proactive and collective actions to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015.