We’ve cosied up to China for too long

9 Apr

How do you solve a problem like China? Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and its development into a global pandemic, we have heard increasingly loud calls for a “reckoning” with Beijing. It is beyond doubt that a reckoning is merited. Since the SARS outbreak in 2002, virologists have warned that the “large reservoir” of viruses […]

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The WHO has failed us again

1 Apr

Like many doctors, Bruce Aylward has been working tirelessly since this coronavirus started its rampage around the planet, although his job takes him away from the medical frontline filled with patients fighting for life. The Canadian physician, a trained epidemiologist, is one of the most influential officials in global efforts to beat this pandemic through […]

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China is not the hero in this darkest hour

23 Mar

First came the virus — a parasitic germ so small that it cannot be seen by an optical microscope but so powerful that it is threatening the entire world order. It emerged in China at the end of last year, spread rapidly to Iran and Italy, and now sparks pandemonium across the planet. It has […]

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Covid-19 has exposed our financial fragility

20 Mar

Financial markets have experienced the fastest ever crash over the past few weeks. Even during the dotcom bust and the Lehman crisis, stocks did not fall this quickly. In less than a month, we have seen major indices fall almost 30%, and stocks in sectors such as oil and travel down by 80%. We are […]

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Why had we never heard of Wuhan?

17 Mar

We’ve all heard of Wuhan now. But before the virus, who had? Well, Chinese people, obviously. As for us in the West, though, I have my doubts. China has scores of major cities with millions of people that most westerners have never heard of. Wuhan, for instance, is home to around ten million people, larger […]

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How can America contain China?

16 Mar

Imagine you were using a computer simulation of world politics with a single input: the physical map of the world, the familiar shape of a large landmass surrounded by oceans—and in one case a very large desert—with other areas forming a kind of outer world. A sufficiently robust algorithm might be able to obtain a […]

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It’s time liberals embraced economic nationalism

6 Mar

The coronavirus pandemic is the perfect metaphor for the perils of hyper-connection. We no longer need the help of rats or fleas to spread disease — we can do it ourselves thanks to mass international travel and supply chains. And we are no longer self-sufficient when things go wrong — as the UK doesn’t have […]

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