Saturday, May 30, 2020

Trump and the anti-China blame game

Dilip Barua (centre) opens the Bangladesh China Silk Road forum
by Dilip Barua
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (ML)   
The US establishment and their thinktanks seem to have decided to consider China as their number one enemy – so the US government and its media are making a concerted effort to propagate fabricated and fictitious news to confuse and mislead the people on any lame excuse. On this basis, Donald Trump’s activities and speeches are always well calculated and do everything with a long-term perspective. The forthcoming days may be more critical and unstable with respect to politics and economy of the world, for the next presidential election of the USA and the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
History tells us that the USA was the first to introduce the concept of globalisation. The USA compelled developed and under-developed countries to introduce economic and political reforms to comply with the policy of globalisation. But President Donald Trump has now disassociated the USA from the world’s bodies. He didn’t attend the world economic conference in 2017. He withdrew from UNICEF and stepped out from the World Climate Forum. The German leader told the Munich Security Conference: “Our greatest friend the USA at present doesn’t believe in the concept of international community.”
President Trump recently blamed the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for “mismanaging and covering up the spread of Coronavirus”. He also alleged that the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had a close relationship with China and that he had delayed declaring the outbreak a public health emergency. Even though these allegations are untrue, Trump used this excuse to halt the US funding for the WHO.
The Chinese authorities informed the WHO and world related agencies including the USA about the coronavirus outbreak on the 31st December 2019. Chinese scientists maintained close contact with the WHO and the international medical community, and publicly shared the first genome sequence of the virus that made it clear that the outbreak was caused by the novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-Cov2, which causes COVID-19.
In the meantime, the WHO sent a technical delegation to China headed by Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan that included a US representative. During the visit the Chinese side were extremely open to dialogue and discussion. They shared their expertise with the WHO and medical teams all over the world.
After proper investigation and research, the WHO confirmed that the coronavirus originated from animals and not in a laboratory. So, it is crystal clear that Chinese government and the WHO were transparent, fair and technically informed when they reported back to everyone, including the Americans, about the characteristics and origin of the coronavirus.
The Chinese government had taken all the necessary steps as far as possible to control the outbreak and to protect Chinese citizens from the aggressive grip of the coronavirus in a very short period. China’s well-organised effort in the fight against the pandemic was a huge achievement.
The Director General of the WHO praised China for its excellent management. President Donald Trump also praised the Chinese government’s efforts in a tweet on the 7th February 2020. Later, however, he held China responsible for the outbreak of the infection. Trump sarcastically called COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” whilst trying to give impression that this virus would not affect the USA. In doing this he engaged in blame-game politics rather than taking the necessary steps to control the pandemic, spreading fabricated and baseless propaganda to blame China rather than to save the lives of US citizens.
Perhaps Donald Trump’s hidden agenda is to play the anti-China card and use the coronavirus issue as a political weapon in the forthcoming US presidential election.
The peoples of the world, especially those in the USA, can see that Trump is not at all serious in trying to protect the American public.
Trump was indifferent about taking necessary steps to combating COVID-19, although he had enough time. New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently pointed out research showing that strains of the coronavirus entered his state from Europe, not China. Cuomo said that the travel bans enacted by the Trump administration were too late to halt its spread whilst an editorial in the {Guardian} said Trump’s approach “puts lives of Americans in danger”.
More than 80,000 Americans have now died from the infection. The US government has disastrously failed to protect to its own people due to the lack of integrity in their policy.
We have noticed that in the present objective geopolitical situation of the world the right-wing American establishment considers China their number one enemy. Gradually this policy is being reflected in their every step, from trade war to the present pandemic.
The American political elite have taken the lead in creating an anti-Chinese atmosphere in US society as part of their drive to contain China. Now other politicians in the West and Asia are parroting Washington’s tune to distract public attention from their own mishandling of the pandemic.
The US powerbrokers realise that China will be the leader of the fourth industrial revolution, which is now in process. So, in the normal way, China will become the world’s principal supplier of industrial products and emerge as the number one economic giant, global leader and a powerful civilised nation.
The US think-tanks understand the future scenario of world politics. They realise that the emerging Chinese civilisation will be the most threatening to the USA’s continued hegemony in the world. With this perspective, the US administration tries to polarise and re-polarise the world situation, especially in terms of the global economy. The Americans will try to break the global supply chains so that their economy will be less globalised. By this process they hope to divert others from turning to China for their goods and services.
The US government desperately needs to stop China’s rise to number one world power status. To do that it has to slow down the Chinese economic growth, which has been double-digit for four decades. Now the principal object of the USA and its allies is to smear China with this Coronavirus and try to convince other countries to de-globalise the world economy.
The fabricated, false and baseless propaganda push amongst the extreme anti-China crowd in the USA is to blame China. These lies are being used as an excuse to destroy the Chinese economy and attempt to de-globalise the world. With this aim, the Washington Post and Fox News are playing the leading role in propagating fictitious and ill-motivated news. The press media under the umbrella of the USA will play the same tune to mislead and misguide public opinion.
The influential print and electronic media in India play the same role and dance to Washington’s tune. Some TV stations are dedicated to anti-Chinese propaganda. Anti-China songs are also recorded in India and propagated through YouTube. The media of the USA and its allies are biased, one-sided and too cowardly to broadcast the truth. For this reason, they are blind to the extraordinary success of the Chinese government in protecting the people from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chinese people and the Chinese government are firmly resolved to sustain their development and economic growth. They will take decisive steps to protect their national interest under the leadership of Comrade Xi Jinping. By upholding globalisation and maintaining industrial growth, China will become the leader of the fourth industrial revolution.
China strongly opposes the politicisation of public health and the stigmatisation of other countries under the excuse of the coronavirus. In this spirit, the Chinese Government sends help to the coronavirus-affected countries throughout the world, including Bangladesh, such as masks, medical kits and other necessary items. It is the greatest testimony to the international solidarity of the Chinese people. Finally, we hope China will contribute much for the peaceful and harmonious world in future.

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