The COVID-19 outbreak will undoubtedly prompt countries to reflect on their own management systems and then make continuous adjustments and reforms to better prepare themselves for similar public health incidents in the future. The adjustments and reforms in fact have already begun, which will eventually decide the direction of global cooperation in multiple areas such as public health.
Currently, China is restraining its growth through green, clean and low-carbon development. This is the new model of a civilization's rise. It is also a fresh evolution of world civilization. But I wonder whether Western public opinion can understand it.
History demonstrates that China has a remarkable ability to reinvent itself in a manner that no other country or civilization has succeeded in doing; a testament to the strength, resilience and dynamism of Chinese civilization and its governing capacity.
The consumption spree in China during the May Day holiday has been wonderful. It is a slap in the face of the many rumormongers slandering China. It is also a display of the competitiveness of China's approach of governance.
I don't think the Chinese public hold a collective schadenfreude attitude toward the devastating epidemic in India. It is normal that some are vocal about India's China stance. It is also normal that there are opinions that may not rest comfortably with some Indians.
Today is the World Press Freedom Day. Regrettably, press freedom is entirely defined under the Western political system framework, neglecting the social reality of many developing countries. This has led to significant ideological divergence between developing countries and the West, spearheaded by the US. And, the difference is exacerbated by the West's geopolitical attacks on others. As a result, the political conditions that could help the two sides to bridge their difference have lost ground, with ideological conflicts increasingly being intensified.
The difficulty is that it is impossible to bridge differences without serious reforms. And it is challenging to promote reform without bridging differences.
Green finance is an optimal breakthrough for the China-US strategic restart. With green finance, China and the US do not have structural conflicts of interests and ideologies.
They both can take example by each other, but on the whole, due to different economic structures, the two countries businesses will go in different directions.
Both countries will have to adapt to major changes in their strategic postures. This will become a new normal in their bilateral relations. Everyone needs to adapt to this.
In post-pandemic era, biggest challenge the US will encounter is to create more jobs for the unemployed; otherwise it will continue to pay the huge relief bill for them. Can US fix joblessness in post-pandemic era?
This new competition could even be called “a new global green and low-carbon economy war.”
Without investing in related manufacturing sectors, Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan won't see desired results even with a huge investment.
There is a profound belief in the West that a one-party system is unsustainable because it is incapable of reform. That is not born out by the history of the CPC. It has, more than any other party in the world, displayed a remarkable ability to reform.
From the perspective of Yiwu city, I feel more hopeful. As they promote financial services for foreigners, they also guard against possible pitfalls by comprehensively assessing the credit risks of foreign organizations.
Amid Western media's one-sided criticism against China, if some Western reporter could thoroughly examine why CPC has been able to stay in power for over 70 years, the book would have its value increase no less than 150 times in 40 years.
“This is not the way to deal with Chinese people,” said by senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi during Alaska talks, went viral. This reflects Chinese people's psychological disapproval of how the West structures the hierarchy of civilizations.
Two lessons from the China-US Alaska meet: first, there is a new sense of Chinese confidence; second, US is coming to the painful realization that China is now its equal. But it cannot accept what is already a historical reality.
The tense Alaska meeting is just a prelude to a seemingly much longer period of China-US tensions. Beyond this, there are many external risks to China's rise. A strategic judgment of these risks is in no way a panic and fear of uncertainty.
The 100 years of the CPC have been a century when Chinese people took their destiny back into their own hands.
If there are fewer and fewer opportunities for individuals' development, people might ask: Will the American dream still exist?
US sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein wrote in his 1999 book The End of the World as We Know It, what we know in the 21st century should be more open than what we knew during the 20th century. If this logic works, the whole world, especially the West, should evaluate whether or not China, which has developed in high quality, poses opportunities or challenges over the next five to 15 years? Should the world embrace or reject China? Should the world cooperate with or give up cooperating with China? This will test the West's strategic wisdom toward China.
US economist Stephen Roach recently pointed out that last year, the combined COVID-19 relief packages in the US hit a total of $5 trillion, or 24 percent of GDP in 2020. This far exceeds all records. On March 6, US Senate passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Will this destroy the world's confidence in the dollar? After all, green note is the foundation of US hegemony.
The future competition between China and the US should also be more civilized.
Political reform is part of the solution to Hong Kong's malaise. But socio-economic reform on a scale that hitherto has been sadly lacking is at least as important.
The trouble now the US faces is that religious extremism has caused political divisions, which will undoubtedly increase the costs and difficulty for the Biden administration to heal the nation.
China will not copy the old path of other countries whose rise rested on war, conflict and colonization. Similarly, it will not embark on an evil path of establishing an unequal financial, trade and economic system to bully other countries. Chinese diplomacy advocates peace, cooperation and win-win solutions.
We have at least seen clearly the how the US media outlets put political stance before the facts and how they are politically selective in their so-called objective reporting.
In the third decade of the 21st century, in addition to the 1.4 billion people market, more Chinese movies are expected to enter the top 100, top 50 and even top 10 of the world's highest grossing films. More importantly, Chinese movies will break US monopoly, and even create the highest box office in the world.
Western civilization has swept the globe for more than 500 years now. But the conflict between civilizations during the 2020 US election has revealed some problems that are emerging in the West. We have reached an important juncture of globalization.
The existing US management and distribution systems are insufficient to counterbalance the impact the Wall Street will have on social equity. Therefore, in the future, we will see a more severe battle between two routes.
From 9/11 attacks to today, what people have seen is the accelerating accumulation of capital to the richest tycoons and consortia in the fiercest fluctuations of the market. At the same time, the gap between the rich and the poor in the US is increasing, and its welfare system is in a state of failure. Polarization has entered a new era of extremes.
What drew Europe westward is now drawing it eastward: the centre of gravity of the global economy, once in the west, is now in the east.
The same values that gave birth to the US have been divided by the American people into two halves. Now there seems to be a strong pull to political extreme directions, with half of Americans opposing the other half.
In the past, most Chinese imagined the US to be too good; too perfect. But now the Chinese view the US the way it is: a possibly vicious, pretentious, and sometimes friendly adversary.
The extraordinary events in Washington DC will mark a fundamental change in how the world sees the US. The riot, the uprising, the insurrection, the attempted coup, call it what you will, serves only to underline the gravity of the political crisis that now confronts the US. This event was no aberration: on the contrary, it is a symptom of the country's worst political crisis since the Civil War. One fears it is more a beginning than an end.
Any country that is moving forward should find a balance between order and freedom, between power and responsibility, and between individual and collective interests. In a major crisis, the libra zodiac symbol of balanced weights needs to tilt toward one side. A properly chosen program should give way to effectiveness. Also, freedom should give way to lives. And arguments should give way to cooperation.
By discussing the neglected rise of Chinese women, this column intends to remind my English readers of a new angle: females as key variables to the rise of the Chinese state.
China has passed with flying colours, the West has failed miserably. 2020 will be seen as marking the Great Transition, a growing recognition around the world that the baton of global leadership is passing to China.
China's new development pattern has been established. Chinese people in the new era should catch up with the trends and go forward boldly.
Many countries have attached importance to clean development while striving to achieve carbon neutral goals. The goal of this green and low-carbon economy war is not to destroy a country or group. Instead, it aims to save humankind itself.
Today, we need some Chinese intellectuals to dig into American society and achieve a similar monumental work on the US in the new era. This is something worth looking forward to. In the era of great changes, intellectuals can contribute a lot.
The “Asian Era” has started and will for sure have its ultimate arrival in the annals of history.
For those who misunderstand China, it may be helpful for them to listen to China's advice about the post-epidemic era.
Global governance has reached a critical juncture where everyone has to contribute to and work toward an identical goal.
I have always believed that the future competition between China and the US is not about setting up a new cold war or trying to win, but about who is more capable to create a better society and help build a better future for the whole world.
The 14th Five-Year Plan is comprehensive, consistent and practical. The new plan stresses global vision.
We need to look at the current challenges and opportunities with a mentality of battling in a protracted war. We must be more mature, not pleased by gains. Meanwhile, Chinese people ought not to be saddened by personal losses. This is a time to be down-to-earth, modest and prudent, in order to finally achieve the dream of national rejuvenation.
China is changing every day, so new perspectives must regularly be updated when observing it.
It is not certain whether the US is bound to go bankrupt. But it can at least be said that the rapid fall of the US into the abyss of "financial zombification" under the COVID-19 pandemic is well underway.
Chinese are gradually forming a more complete global view. More importantly, China is being fully integrated with the world (not just with the West) as a whole psychologically. China and the world are mutually recognizing, adapting and accepting each other on a global, not just regional, level.
Many people believe the Trump administration will create more sensational but controllable China-US tensions before the election.
In my opinion, in the next decade or more, the frictions between China and the US will be normalized. The game is most likely to be an entanglement rather than a one-sided battle or a violent confrontation.
Western media and observers tend to analyze a static China through microscopes. But when they realize China's cataclysmic changes over a long period, they are shocked by the enormity of the country and thus feel threatened. Such biases expose the intellectual inertia and ideological shackles of many Westerners.
For every foreign friend, it is easy to perceive the charm of China from the logical pattern of "development - contradiction - correction - redevelopment." It can therefore be seen that the outdated narrative about China from Western media and politicians may need a revolutionary change.
The latest Pentagon report deliberately underestimates China's nuclear warhead stockpile while it emphasizes China's strategic intention to expand its nuclear arsenal.
China is not worried about whether Abe's successor will change China-Japan relations. As long as China continues developing, no matter who succeeds Abe, the general trend of a gradual warming of China-Japan relations should remain stable.
China has reached the "closest moment to the greatest rejuvenation of the Chinese nation." It is necessary for China to learn from the successful experience of the established great powers, regional powers, and emerging economies while understanding their current conditions.
I believe that if China's list of top-tier companies keeps changing because of new entrants, then our country can continue to move faster and remain competitive against the US.
Many Chinese people still feel anxious about US' suppression of a rising China. On the one hand, they have been mulling how to take countermeasures which will maintain the general framework of China-US relations. On the other hand, they also want to prevent the US government from playing the China card too hysterically. Hyping the possibility of a hot war hurts domestic investment, economic reforms, public's mentality and social stability of the two countries.
In the current fierce international competition, a country will fall behind if it doesn't strive to develop. It will be a test of the sustainability of China's development and the CPC's leadership. This is why the decision-makers have recalled the "protracted war" history.
In recent years, many G20 members, such as China, France, Germany, and Russia, have reduced their utilization of the US dollars in trade deals.
That being said, to prevent the fall of China-US relations is to prevent the development of the world from further deteriorating.
Indeed, humanity has reached an unprecedented moment of crisis. We have to collaborate and unite to avoid entering a dark age.
The Chinese have the final say of what kind of a country China is. Western media might well be reminded that they should, and need as well, to report on China's changes with a more inclusive and open manner. Indeed, they might find inspiration and fresh understandings of China if they travel to Beijing's outskirts, to such suburban districts as Huairou, Miyun, or Yanqing.
When the real racists are well shielded by their indifference to the cries of protesters, those who are sympathetic are bleeding from the wounds left by the steamroller of anti-racism.
Globalization will not die. The process of globalization is a part of the process of human civilization.
During the fight against COVID-19 epidemic, Chinese have utilized smartphones to get informed where new infections were spotted, where the infected people had been to, and which cities and even which districts were under higher risks of infection.
Earlier in May, the Asia Society of Southern California hosted an event called "Standing Against Racism in the Time of COVID." This was done to fight back against a rising wave of anti-Asian verbal and physical assaults in the US.
History shouldn't be written based on US politicians' lies. China has been left with no other options but to fight back. Since April, almost all Chinese media outlets fired a battle against the US government, especially against Pompeo, the true culprit of the decline of China-US ties. The scold war, a contest of truth and historical morality, is raging on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
After the 2008 financial crisis, Chinese people fully reflected on Western countries' economic, financial and political model under neoliberalism. They confidently found China's own advantages. The Washington Consensus went bankrupt in China, and the Chinese approach was often quoted by the world.
Each generation of young people has their distinctive characteristics defined by the times. The ongoing changes in the national strengths of both China and other countries are influencing psychological shifts among the post-1990s and post-2000s generations in China.
The novel coronavirus has made the world a worse place and the recovery could be long and painful. While many people are being dragged through the mud in the chaos, Chinese living in the US have additional turmoil to deal with.
It's unthinkable that US media outlets would call their own country a “failed state.” The term was once used to describe US adversaries such as Iran and Iraq. The US think tank Fund for Peace started its annual report called Failed States Index in 2005. It has been renamed the Fragile States Index and is produced jointly with Foreign Policy magazine. It didn't take long for the US to be included in the index.
The Chinese Lunar New Year, which always falls in the first or second month of the Gregorian calendar, is normally the busiest time in Chinatowns across the US. Celebrations attract tens of thousands of visitors to these neighborhoods where traditions are best kept. But this year, the most important holiday for Chinese corresponded with the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, which had ignited early racial attacks against Asians.
When it comes to the prevention, control and treatment of the COVID-19, countries around the world have adopted both similar and different measures. Different ways of containing the pandemic are determined by different countries' own political systems and governance. Europe and the US have similar political systems, yet their measures to rein in the virus are disparate. This shows their different state capacities.
Will the year 2020 be a watershed in economic cycles like the 2008 financial crisis? A watershed like the great power structure change after the end of the Cold War in 1991? A watershed like the one in world order at the end of WWII in 1945? Or even a watershed for civilizations brought by Ferdinand Magellan's voyage in 1519?
Every country has to reach a delicate balance between privacy and public health. There is no perfect solution. But when lives are at stake, even as a very private person, I can see which side of the seesaw should carry most weight.
A combination of raising people's awareness of viruses and the development of medicine and vaccines will boost humanity's ability to handle public health crises. After all, humans will always have to co-exist with viruses. The more we understand this adversary from nature, the better we can prepare to combat it.
Focusing only on one's national borders is limited. It's also shortsighted to play the blame game during a global pandemic. Infectious diseases are no longer a simple medical problem, nor a problem of one country. Instead, it is a problem of global ideology. When facing the spread of the Black Death, humans rethought their relations with the world, which lead to the Renaissance and produced modern civilization.
China-US relations are the most important bilateral relationship in the world. Due to the damage caused by the trade war and high-tech supply chain breaks, mutual trust between the two countries will be even more fragile in the postpandemic world. Therefore it's difficult to be optimistic about the future for China-US relations.
We need to start by changing the deep-rooted mind-set of existing governance paradigms and begin showing global solidarity.
Indeed, when we doff the tainted glasses of ideology, we can see that marshaling a country's economic and industrial resources to achieve a common goal is as essential as the temporary shelter-in-place policy that many of us are now abiding by. In an abnormal era, this is what we call the new normal.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all countries have to withstand the blow and get through the challenge as soon as possible. In the future, how to promote their governance system and enhance operation will be their priority. Where globalization heads depends on such resilience.
For most people it's unfathomable that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is the first global event that hasn't been led by the US since 1941. In 1941, the US was a leader in the worldwide antifascist war. During this current global fight against an invisible enemy, the US is hardly able to protect itself. The US should have been much better prepared for the outbreak considering the coronavirus came to its shores after it had rampaged through China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany and Britain.
Regardless of the speaker's understanding and intention of choosing a word, it is the listener's feeling that matters in the judgment of the legitimacy of a word.
In Europe and the US, there are plenty of groceries and toiletries on store shelves, but due to a lack of delivery services, people cannot stay home for extended periods. They have to go out to buy daily supplies, which has created window for the spread of COVID-19.
China's image will not be dented by lies which will however ultimately hurt Americans. There are three main “China lies” promoted by the Trump administration.
Self-sacrifice has always been considered the highest virtue in a collective culture like China's. Many Chinese healthcare workers were infected by the virus because they didn't wear or have access to protective equipment but there was never an attempt to tell the public not to wear a mask or that they were of no use.
I look forward to a better world and better China-US relations after the global shock season of 2020 finally comes to an end.
The US' sluggish start could be attributed to many factors, from ideological and cultural differences, to the artificial calm instilled by top leaders during an election year, and human nature that numbs us to problems from afar. This is not the time for psychoanalysis, because there is no time.
The US founding fathers hoped the country would be humble, pursue freedom, call for unity, and contribute to the well-being of every American and all of humanity. But how are you conducting yourselves now? US politicians today should apologize to the great American founders!
Vietnam is always cautious in terms of its cooperation with other powers. This was the case with China, and it will be the same with the US. After all, a US-Vietnam partnership would be nothing like the partnerships the US has with Japan, South Korea and even the Philippines. It is likely to never be so.
China's reform and opening-up has created opportunities for individuals and families to build wealth, giving them hope for a moderately prosperous life. This is the basic driving force behind China's economic rise. The impetus for restoring production during the on-going epidemic comes from the basic needs of these ordinary people.
Describing China's state of overcoming tough challenges in 2020 with words such as "battle" and "war" does not indicate the Chinese people are aggressive. It expresses their awareness of the difficulties and their determination to settle them.
These days overseas Chinese are debating whether they should wear a mask to avoid being infected by the virus, or not wear a mask to avoid discrimination. The debates are never conclusive but have caused greater confusion.
China's development is not determined by how the outside world sees China, but how China remains firm on its chosen path. In this process, it is of vital importance that China's governance system should advance with the times and have a strong ability to self-correct.
One of the most important experiences in the evolution of Milwaukee's public health system was raising public awareness, which effectively prevents the spread of rumors, and enables residents to proactively fight the disease.
The rise of nations is a never-ending endurance race. From this perspective, negative impacts, such as the coronavirus outbreak, are likely to occur frequently in China's future development. But as long as they are handled properly, there is nothing to fear.
It may take a longer time to rebuild media credibility than destroy it. But the process has to begin now, at least because climate change and humans' own recklessness are all but certain to cause more natural disasters in the future.