The US failed to stamp out the coronavirus, unlike China, says Harry Broadman, a former senior US trade official to the Sydney Morning Herald. And since South Korea and New Zealand also dealt with COVID-19 efficiency, it is not China’s authoritarian regime that made the difference, he adds.
A hidden problem in China are the 70 million children in the countryside, left behind by their migrant parents who left to work elsewhere in de big cities, says author Zhang Lijia in an interview with the Borgen Project. Many drop out of school and those who remain face dropping quality of their education. Zhang Lijia is currently working on a book on left-behind children (LBC’s).
The world never saw so much reaction of wealth as during 2020, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chief researcher of the Hurun China Rich List, despite the coronavirus crisis triggered off by COVID-19. Even seasoned rich-research Hoogewerf is amazed by the number of billionaires China created over the past months, he tells Devdiscourse, citing the newly released Hurun China Rich List 2020.
Not authoritarian rule but solid support from China’s citizens allowed its government to beat the Covid-19 and effectively deal with the coronavirus crisis, argues Singapore-based journalist Ian Johnson, in the New York Review of Books. He uses the Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City by Fang Fang, to show the government did not silence critics but did win majority support by its people, helped by indeed heavily manipulated media in China.
China got itself into trouble a few times when lenders who got into problems paying back debts. When China offers the same loans commercial banks can offer but without political ties, China has not so much extra to give, says strategic analyst Harry Broadman about the country’s’ international debt policies in the Africa Report, taking Zambia as an example.
China veteran Kaiser Kuo discusses the relations between the US and China, and here focuses on the splintering of the internet, at a wide-ranging interview at the Wire China. “I also think we need to recognize that our worries are more about us than they are about China. We have in this country a real problem with surveillance capitalism, as it’s been called,” says Kaiser Kuo.