How will the world treat China when the COVID-19 is over? 25-01-21 11:55 Updated BJT
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By Zhou Fujing

When the COVID-19 pandemic is over, some governments around the world might probably stay biased in treating China as they always do; and some might change their views and give a fair evaluation on China's contributions.

A child is given a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in Beijing’s Daxing District on January 20, 2021.

A child is given a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 in Beijing's Daxing District on January 20, 2021.

I am a Chinese citizen who witnessed how China has made heroic and resolute decisions in fighting against the novel coronavirus and I am proud of it. Meanwhile, over the past year I have seen groundless criticisms and slanders against the country and the tensions between China and the U.S. have escalated. I felt the hostility towards China from the outside world, a world that is far from being perfect.

Even when the pandemic is over, the question on the origin of the virus will remain. China was the first in the world to get hit by the pandemic, but until now, there has been no scientific findings to prove it was where the virus originated.

Rumormongering like "China should be responsible for the pandemic in the world" won't go away easily. Such finger-pointing is of no good to the global effort in curbing the virus, but will worsen the situation. Chinese people have paid dearly to subdue the virus and restore normalcy. I think the prompt approach that the Chinese government has taken in fighting the pandemic is necessary, if not a one-size-fits-all one. It can be learned by other governments because, above all things, it provides the public a social good: stability.

On January 4, New York Times published the article: In a Topsy-Turvy Pandemic World, China Offers Its Version of Freedom. It says,

"The pandemic has upended many perceptions, including ideas about freedom. Citizens of China don't have freedom of speech, freedom of worship or freedom from fear — three of the four freedoms articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt — but they have the freedom to move around and lead a normal day-to-day life. In a pandemic year, many of the world's people would envy this most basic form of freedom."

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Editor: zhangrui
25-01-21 11:55 BJT
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