It is as clear as day that this is a very difficult time for the world and that Sino-US relations are going through a difficult time. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly called the corona virus a “Chinese virus.” Aggressive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls it the “Wuhan virus,” which has angered Beijing.
Both the US president and the US secretary of state have criticized China for failing to take appropriate steps in the early days to deal with the epidemic. But a Chinese official spokesman dismissed the notion that there was no clear word from China in the early days of the epidemic.
Meanwhile, news is being spread on social media in China that the global epidemic has been spread under the US military’s war on germs. Many people have noticed these rumors, but scientists have proved that the structure of this virus is absolutely natural.
But this conflict is not limited to the war of words, but there is a lot going on behind it.
Earlier this month, when the United States announced it was closing its borders to immigrants from most European countries, including Italy, China said it was sending medical personnel, equipment and relief supplies to Italy. Corona virus is the most affected country by the global epidemic.
In addition, China provided assistance to Iran and Serbia at a critical time when China itself was struggling to recover.
The symbolic significance of these events is enormous.
This is the war of the information age that is being fought behind the scenes.
China wants to emerge from this crisis as a world power. This is definitely a war that the United States has been losing so far. The delayed decision to send a US Air Force mobile medical facility to Italy will no longer matter.
Certainly this is a time of severe testing of the administrative and political structures of all the countries of the world that has never happened before today. Leadership skills are rarely seen. The current political leadership will be tested on the decisions it makes at this critical time.
What kind of eloquence and eloquence does the leadership show and how effectively does it use the country’s resources to fight this epidemic?
The outbreak comes at a time when Sino-US relations are already frozen.
A partial trade agreement barely covered up trade tensions between the two countries. Both world powers are currently arming themselves in anticipation of a possible war in the Asian Pacific.
At least at the regional level, China has become a military superpower in the region, but China desperately wants to recognize its status, which it believes it deserves internationally.
The global coronavirus epidemic disease has further strained Sino-US relations.
This tension will affect the resolution of this crisis and the world that emerges from it. Once the virus is contained, the resurgence of China’s economy will be a key factor in reviving the world’s devastated economy.
But for now, China’s medical aid is crucial in fighting the virus.
There is an urgent need for other countries to benefit from China’s observations and experiences. China is the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. In addition, it is making large quantities of disposable items such as gloves, antiseptic suits, and all the items needed to deal with Corona.
In many ways, China is the world’s largest medical equipment workshop and has the potential to increase its capacity if needed, which very few countries have.
China is taking full advantage of this moment.
Critics of President Trump believe that President Trump himself has given up.
Initially, the Trump administration failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the threat and saw it as another opportunity to prove “America First” and the fictitious superiority of the American system.
But the question here was to provide global leadership.
As two Asian experts, former US President Barack Obama’s Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell and Rush Doshi, recently wrote in a joint article in the American magazine Foreign Affairs that over the past seven decades, The status of a leader did not depend only on wealth and military might.
According to him, this status gives the US government the legitimacy to achieve good governance internally, humanitarian work and the ability to be ready and mobilized for an immediate and coordinated response in the event of any global crisis. Was due.
He says the global corona virus epidemic is a test of all three elements of America’s global supremacy.
So far, the United States has failed the test. On the one hand, the United States is unable to do anything, on the other hand, China is actively and skilfully trying to fill the gap created by the failure of the United States to prove itself a global leader in this epidemic crisis. Is.
Many people may be wondering how China can take advantage of this at the moment.
Campbell and Doshi are calling it China’s boldness because the epidemic started in China. Beijing initially tried to cover up the epidemic in Wuhan, but has since effectively mobilized all its resources.
Susan Knoll, head of the press freedom organization Pan America, wrote in the same magazine that Beijing had resorted to aggressive internal and external propaganda for fear of internal instability due to the initial denial and mismanagement of the epidemic. The campaign started.
The campaign was aimed at downplaying the global spread of the epidemic and justifying the toughest measures against it. Another purpose was to compare its response to that of the West and the United States in particular.
In the eyes of many Western observers, China is moving towards more nationalism and dictatorship.
They fear that the consequences could be even more serious with the global effects of the epidemic and the subsequent economic slowdown. It could have a devastating effect on America’s global standing.
US allies are watching. He may not publicly criticize the Trump administration, but many Chinese technologists disagree with US policy on Huawei, Iran and many other regional issues.
China is constantly expanding the scope of its relations, taking advantage of its ties with other countries in the fight against the epidemic. Relations in which it becomes an indispensable country for other countries. New ties with neighboring Japan and South Korea and the supply of medical equipment and supplies to European countries can be seen in the same statement.
Campbell and Doshi in their article compared the situation to the fall of Britain.
He says the failed operation of the Suez Canal in 1956 exposed Britain’s weaknesses and ended its long period of being a world power.
He said that if the United States did not pass the Corona virus test at that time, the result would be the same as it was for Britain after the failed operation of the Suez Canal.