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MORICI: Disengaging the West from China

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27.05.2020

In the wake of COVID-19, Americans have developed an increasingly negative view of China, and the policy of integrating it into the western commercial system to promote democratic reforms has been discredited.

After President Xi became head of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, he set a course for China to offer a rival model of multilateralism, rather than integrate into the U.S.-led liberal world order, and imposed tighter controls on speech, the Internet and ultimately his social credit system. The collapse of the Soviet Union became his example of the perils of losing ideological sway over the population.

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, the apparent cooperation of WHO Director General Adhanom and bad advice from Health and Human Services Secretary Azar may have encouraged President Trump — and by derivation Governor Cuomo — to initially play down the threat. And since, Chinese leaders have hardly been forthcoming in admitting their lack of transparency in letting a mainland epidemic become a pandemic — inflicting great harm on western economies.

China’s attempts to use money and materiel to extend........

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