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Sun May 3, 2020, 04:51 PM

Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus

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Source: nytimes

BRUSSELS — Australia has called for an inquiry into the origin of the virus. Germany and Britain are hesitating anew about inviting in the Chinese tech giant Huawei. President Trump has blamed China for the contagion and is seeking to punish it. Some governments want to sue Beijing for damages and reparations. Across the globe a backlash is building against China for its initial mishandling of the crisis that helped loose the coronavirus on the world, creating a deeply polarizing battle of narratives and setting back China’s ambition to fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States.

China, never receptive to outside criticism and wary of damage to its domestic control and long economic reach, has responded aggressively, combining medical aid to other countries with harsh nationalist rhetoric, and mixing demands for gratitude with economic threats. The result has only added momentum to the blowback and the growing mistrust of China in Europe and Africa, undermining China’s desired image as a generous global actor. Even before the virus, Beijing displayed a fierce approach to public relations, an aggressive style called “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy, named after two ultrapatriotic Chinese films featuring the evil plots and fiery demise of American-led foreign mercenaries. With clear encouragement from President Xi Jinping and the powerful Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party, a younger generation of Chinese diplomats have been proving their loyalty with defiantly nationalist and sometimes threatening messages in the countries where they are based.

“You have a new brand of Chinese diplomats who seem to compete with each other to be more radical and eventually insulting to the country where they happen to be posted,” said François Godement, a senior adviser for Asia at the Paris-based Institut Montaigne. “They’ve gotten into fights with every northern European country with whom they should have an interest, and they’ve alienated every one of them.”

Since the virus, the tone has only toughened, a measure of just how serious a danger China’s leaders consider the virus to their standing at home, where it has fueled anger and destroyed economic growth, as well as abroad. Just last week, China threatened to withhold medical aid from the Netherlands for changing the name of its representative office in Taiwan to include the word Taipei. And before that, the Chinese Embassy in Berlin sparred publicly with the German newspaper Bild after the tabloid demanded $160 billion in compensation from China for damages to Germany from the virus.



Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/world/europe/backlash-china-coronavirus.html

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ansible May 2020 OP
Voltaire2 May 2020 #1
intrepidity May 2020 #2
msongs May 2020 #3
Bernardo de La Paz May 2020 #4
Rural_Progressive May 2020 #5
Warpy May 2020 #6
DallasNE May 2020 #7
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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 04:54 PM

1. It was super fabulous to wake up this morning

and see the NYT banging the jingoist drum in rhythm with the Trump campaign.

Not that they’ve ever done that before.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 05:09 PM

2. Trump mishandled the pandemic in the same way

that China did. It is consistent to want both to acknowledge and accept responsibility for what they've done, IMHO.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 05:11 PM

3. nice analysis and opinion piece nt

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 05:30 PM

4. It's a diversion. It's mostly conservative backlash, almost all that I see. German newspaper not gov

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #4)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:11 PM

5. I sincerely hope you are correct

since pissing off and waking up a sleeping tiger is really not conducive to global well being

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:19 PM

6. Oh, FFS.

SARS and MERS in the early 00s were adequate warning that coronavirus was on the move. Unfortunately, governments tend to be reactive, not proactive, and there is a very good reason the disaster movie trope begins with scientists being ignored. They're bad for business.

I'm not going to blame a nation of 1.3 billion people just because their leaders ignored it before ours did.

I don't know how the Chinese will react to this, governments have been shaken up over a lot less. That is rather up to them. I do know that our own government is overdue for a massive shakeup right along with them.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:50 PM

7. The Nationalistic Tone Is Bothersome

Who isn't frustrated with China. It does not follow that the solution is so nationalistic. Let's see what the data tells us first.

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Sun May 3, 2020, 08:09 PM

8. China is not an honest broker

They are not to be trusted

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Sun May 3, 2020, 10:32 PM

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