The pandemic has wreaked havoc with global governance, plunging the world into further anarchy with fundamental changes. The world is witnessing the emergence of a new world where global governance in particular public health governance including crisis management is in disarray. The major power cooperation essential to the provision of global commons in support of a functional global governance system is fading fast as a result of intensifying geopolitical entanglements. The pandemic served as a catalyst escalating fragmentation and anarchy of global governance and post-pandemic governance will probably be more rather than less anarchic. Let us take a look into the post-pandemic world.
Global re-orientation to online formats caused by the pandemic will continue and gets in an irreversible course in the post-pandemic era. What is effectively working online is unlikely to return offline. A significant part of the retail businesses will go online and stay there because consumers will be convinced that they can purchase without going physically to the shops. Our transition to the digital age has accelerated enormously. What would be realized in decades is happening in months.
Actually facing this unknown, unexpected disease, China launched a very big battle to COVID-19 for five months and control basically COVID-19 spreading since the end of the February. But the problem is that in the past four months, there are no infections in most parts of China. But most of people who live in China still wear masks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. On June 15th, Beijing, my living city, the capital of China, reported new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, there are about 10 daily new confirmed cases now, since the middle of this month. And this further makes us realize that the pandemic is turning into a protracted war. No one can relax. Even, as you may know, in China totally in the last five months only below 9000 cases.
US scholars proposed the concepts of “G2” and “Chimerica” a decade ago. At present, the total GDP of China and the United States exceeds 40% of the world’s total, their combined military expenditures exceed 45% of related global spending, and they account for more than 65% of the world’s R&D investment. According to the assumptions of those US scholars, a pattern of G2 or polarisation has already emerged. But the fact is that the Chinese government and the nation’s academic circles have not yet affirmed the emergence of a G2, and are even more reluctant to move towards a polarised global paradigm with the United States.
When the novel coronavirus broke out about five months ago, people thought the virus would be something like SARS - a terrifying infectious disease that hit them hard in 2003. It was unthinkable for almost everyone that COVID-19 would become such a severe pandemic. As of press time, there have been over 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world with more than 501,000 deaths. As a comparison, a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak, and 774 of them died. Moreover, due to some countries' loose handling of COVID-19, the downward inflection point in terms of worldwide cases has yet to come.
It is unrealistic to think that there aren't negative things happening in China. Unfair even evil deeds do take place from time to time. The burden to reduce poverty and increase employment remains heavy. The Chinese people have undergone a difficult time in fighting the novel coronavirus. When observing anything under a microscope, bacteria and dirt will always be spotted. It has to be understood that China's great changes and structural trends have varying degrees of good and evil, positive and negative, with progress and setbacks.
In response to the United States irresponsible remarks on China's human rights, CCTV gave an exclusive interview with John Ross, the senior fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY) on this issue.