{"179334":{"id":"179334","parent":"0","time":"1600273156","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/09\/16\/difference-between-us-and-china-response-covid-19-staggering\/","category":"USA","title":"The Difference Between the Us. and China's Response to Covid-19 Is Staggering","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"the-difference-between-the-us-and-china-s-response-to-covid-19-is-staggering","admin":"newsnet","views":"3","priority":"1","length":"8414","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003EIn Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's new book, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/exec\/obidos\/ASIN\/198213173X\/counterpunchmaga\"\u003ERage\u003C\/a\u003E, he reports on interviews he did in February and March with U.S. President Donald Trump about the coronavirus. Trump \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/opinions\/2020\/09\/09\/what-bob-woodwards-book-tells-us-about-trump\"\u003Eadmitted\u003C\/a\u003E that the virus was virulent, but he decided to underplay its danger. \"I wanted to always play it down,\" Trump said, \"because I don't want to create a panic.\" Despite months of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/peoplesdispatch.org\/2020\/04\/23\/how-the-chinese-authorities-and-the-who-handled-the-coronavirus\"\u003Ewarnings\u003C\/a\u003E from the Chinese authorities, Trump and his health secretary Alex Azar completely \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/peoplesdispatch.org\/2020\/05\/20\/how-the-united-states-government-failed-to-prepare-for-the-global-pandemic\"\u003Efailed\u003C\/a\u003E to prepare for the global pandemic.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe United States continues to have the largest total number of cases of COVID-19. The government continues to flounder as the number of cases escalates. Not one state in the country seems immune to the spread of the disease.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EMeanwhile, in China, ever since the virus was crushed in Wuhan, the government merely has had to contain small-scale localized outbreaks; in the last month, China has had zero domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases. Martin Wolf \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ft.com\/content\/ea1563e8-725f-11ea-ad98-044200cb277f\"\u003Ewrote\u003C\/a\u003E in the Financial Times on March 31 that China was successful in \"bringing the disease under control in Hubei and halting its spread across China.\" There was never a pan-China outbreak. It is more accurate to call it a Hubei outbreak.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EMeasuring People's Lives\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhile Trump lied to his own citizens about the disease, China's president Xi Jinping \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.chinadaily.com.cn\/a\/202005\/28\/WS5ecef374a310a8b241158f3a.html\"\u003Esaid\u003C\/a\u003E that his government would be \"putting people first.\" China hastily subordinated its economic priorities to the task of saving lives.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAs a consequence of a science-based \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thetricontinental.org\/studies-3-coronashock-and-socialism\"\u003Eapproach\u003C\/a\u003E, China's government broke the chain of infection very quickly. By early September, this country of 1.4 billion \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.worldometers.info\/coronavirus\/country\/china\"\u003Ehad\u003C\/a\u003E 85,194 COVID-19 cases and 4,634 deaths (\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.worldometers.info\/coronavirus\/country\/india\"\u003EIndia\u003C\/a\u003E, with a comparable population, had 4.8 million cases and 80,026 deaths; India is losing more lives each week than the total deaths in China).\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.worldometers.info\/coronavirus\/country\/us\"\u003EUnited States\u003C\/a\u003E, meanwhile, has suffered from 198,680 deaths and 6.7 million cases. In absolute numbers, the U.S. deaths are about 43 times China's and the case number is about 79 times higher.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe U.S. government, unlike the government in China, hesitated to properly craft a lockdown and test the population. That is why, in per capita terms, U.S. deaths are about 186 times higher than those in China and the cases are about 343 times higher.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETrump's racist attempt to pin the blame on China is pure diversion. China contained the virus. The U.S. has totally failed to do so. The enormous number of U.S. deaths were 'Made in Washington,'not 'Made in China.'\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EMeasuring the Economy\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn the first quarter of 2020, the Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/tinyurl.com\/yxvflpln\"\u003Efell\u003C\/a\u003E by 6.8 percent compared to a year earlier. Due to the fast elimination of domestic transmission of the virus, economic recovery in China has been rapid. By the second quarter, China's GDP has been \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/tinyurl.com\/y2u8kjpw\"\u003Eup\u003C\/a\u003E 3.2 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The International Monetary Fund \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.imf.org\/en\/News\/Articles\/2020\/06\/25\/tr062420-transcript-of-the-press-conference-on-the-release-of-the-world-economic-outlook-update\"\u003Eprojects\u003C\/a\u003E that China will be the only major economy to experience positive growth.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EHow did China's economy rebound so fast? The answer is clear: the socialist character of the economy. By July, China's state \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/tinyurl.com\/y5y77muw\"\u003Einvestment\u003C\/a\u003E was 3.8 percent above its level of a year ago, while private investment is still 5.7 percent below 2019. China has used its powerful state sector to boost itself out of recession. This illustrates the macro-efficiency of the state sector.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.scmp.com\/economy\/china-economy\/article\/3097561\/chinese-president-xi-jinping-says-marxist-political-economy\"\u003Emid-August\u003C\/a\u003E, the Communist Party of China's theoretical journal Qiushi (Seeking Truth) \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/bit.ly\/33Ho9Cz\"\u003Epublished\u003C\/a\u003E a speech by Xi Jinping, in which he said, \"The foundation of China's political economy can only be a Marxist political economy, and not be based on other economic theories.\" The main principles of this \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/bit.ly\/33Ho9Cz\"\u003Eare\u003C\/a\u003E \"people-centered development thinking.\" This was the foundation of the government's response to the pandemic and the economy in its context.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETrump, meanwhile, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2020\/05\/06\/us\/politics\/trump-coronavirus-recovery.html\"\u003Emade\u003C\/a\u003E it very clear that his administration would not conduct anything near a national lockdown; it seems his priority was to protect the economy over American lives. As early as March, when there was no sign that the pandemic could be controlled in the United States, Trump \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.foxbusiness.com\/economy\/president-trump-america-will-again-and-soon-be-open-for-business-very-soon\"\u003Eannounced\u003C\/a\u003E, \"America will again and soon be open for business-very soon.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cb\u003EDisaster in the United States\u003C\/b\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EInefficient policies in the United States resulted in runaway COVID-19 infection rates. The basic protocols-masks, hand sanitizer-were not taken seriously. And the impact on the U.S. economy has been catastrophic.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe U.S. made it clear that it was not going to pursue anything near a people-centered approach. Trump's entire emphasis was to keep the economy open, largely because he remains of the view that his election victory will come via the pocketbook; the human cost of this policy is ignored. The U.S. only had half a lockdown, and little testing and contact tracing.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe GDP of the United States in the second quarter \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.washingtonpost.com\/business\/2020\/07\/30\/gdp-q2-coronavirus\"\u003Efell\u003C\/a\u003E by 9.5 percent as compared to a year earlier. There is no indication of strong improvement. The IMF \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.imf.org\/en\/News\/Articles\/2020\/07\/17\/mcs-071720-united-states-of-america-staff-concluding-statement-of-the-2020-article-iv-mission\"\u003Eestimates\u003C\/a\u003E that U.S. economic contraction will be about 6.6 percent for the year. The \"risk ahead,\" writes the IMF, \"is that a large share of the U.S. population will have to contend with an important deterioration of living standards and significant economic hardship for several years to come.\" The disruption will have long-term implications. These problems are laid out clearly by the IMF: \"preventing the accumulation of human capital, eroding labor force participation, or contributing to social unrest.\" This is the exact opposite of the scenario unfolding in China.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIt is as if we live on two planets. On one planet, there is outrage about the hypocrisy in what Trump said to Woodward, and outrage about the collapse of both the health system and the economy-with a harsh road forward to rebuild either. On the other planet, the chain of infection has been broken, although the Chinese government remains vigilant and is willing to sacrifice short-term economic growth to save the lives of its citizenry.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETrump's attack on China, his threats to decouple the United States from China, his racist noises about the \"Chinese virus\"-all this is bluster designed as part of an information war to delegitimize China. Xi Jinping, meanwhile, has focused \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/cn.chinadaily.com.cn\/a\/202009\/07\/WS5f558d11a3100849784239b2.html\"\u003Eon\u003C\/a\u003E \"dual circulation,\" which means domestic measures to raise living standards and eliminate poverty, and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/tinyurl.com\/y4thrzre\"\u003Eon\u003C\/a\u003E the Belt and Road Initiative; both of these will lessen Chinese dependence on the United States.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003ETwo planets might begin to drift apart, one moving in the direction of the future, the other out of control.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EGlobetrotter\u003C\/i\u003E via \u003Ci\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.counterpunch.org\/2020\/09\/15\/the-difference-between-the-u-s-and-chinas-response-to-covid-19-s-staggering\"\u003Ecounterpunch.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/09\/16\/difference-between-us-and-china-response-covid-19-staggering\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}