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THE EVOLVING GLOBAL ORDER AND CHINA’S INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The onset of the COVID virus in early 2020 should have been a wake-up call for the world community. While the virus, probably one of many lurking in the biosphere, was first detected in Wuhan, China, further research has shown that it had been with us for some time,albeit undetected. The initial reactions of the Chinese authorities at discovering the nature of the virus and its virulence, were swift and determined. Shutting down the city of Wuhan, with its 11 million population, and then the entire province of Hubei, mobilizing tens of thousands of health care workers and doctors from the entire country.Inthe shortest period of time possible, they constructed several entirely new hospitals in Wuhan to deal with this massive outbreak. Many in the international community and particularly in the United States, considered such a mobilization astoo drastic. Only a socialist country like China could accomplish anything like that! And many initially thought – and hoped – that the coronavirus would be contained in Asia as had been largely the case with the earlier SARS virus, and certainly would be nothing similar to the 1919 influenza virus that killed an estimated 50 million people. Read More

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