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China, Italy and COVID-19: Benevolent Support or Strategic Surge?   

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China, Italy and COVID-19: Benevolent Support or Strategic Surge?
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China, Italy and COVID-19: Benevolent Support or Strategic Surge?
Francesca Ghiretti*

The bilateral relationship between Italy and China is back in the spotlight one year after the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. To date, Italy is the second hardest hit country by COVID-19 pandemic after China. Despite strict measures in place to limit the crisis, numbers keep rising, placing the national health care system under severe strain.

In these uncertain times, prompt and decisive responses are needed and expected. One can argue on the circumstances, the hidden motivations and the numbers, but nobody can deny that China has provided prompt and direct support to Italy in its time of need.

In return, Italians’ have been grateful, perhaps not as much as some Chinese media would like their home audience to believe, but China’s effort has indeed been appreciated. Following Italy’s request, China sent medical supplies and staff, receiving much media and political attention in Italy.

Two elements have contributed to the success of the Chinese aid campaign: the lack of alternative support in the early stages of the crisis and a savvy media promotion strategy.

China’s activities gained attention in light of the slow reaction by actors on which Italy has traditionally relied. As per an all too familiar playbook, the EU took too long to respond, fellow member states displayed counterproductive initial reactions, such as blocking exports of face masks to Italy, and the US was preoccupied with its own affairs. The situation has now changed, and all of the above actors have been contributing to the Italian struggle in one way or the other.[1] However, in a crisis where prompt responses matter, this delay may have come at a heavy price.

The lack of an efficient and pervasive communication strategy represents another shortcoming in Europe’s response. Even when EU partners came to help, this was not communicated either extensively or adequately. For example, a video of the President of the Commission attempting to express the EU’s support for Italy is unlikely to either compensate for the lack of initial responses or be enough to win over the trust of the population. However, the EU’s mistakes are no doubt dwarfed by the almost complete lack of solidarity from the US Trump administration, particularly in the early stages of the crisis.

Chinese communication, on the other hand, has been relentless. The account of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Italy has been posting videos, vignettes, slogans and messages non-stop. The Ambassador himself has been releasing interviews and personal messages of support to the Italian population.[2]

The narrative is simple: we understand what Italy is going through and are here to help. To this, a touch of benevolent reciprocity has also been added: as Italy helped us in 2008 after the earthquake in Sichuan, we are helping you now. The message is that China does not forget those who assist her, thus contrasting expressions of Chinese gratitude and reciprocity to a supposed selfishness of other Western actors.

Chinese propaganda is often described as “cheap”; one can see right through it. Nonetheless, thanks to the favourable environment created by the health crisis and by the initial lack of support by other actors, it appears to have struck the right chord with many in Italy. Social media posts by the Chinese Embassy in Italy have received messages of gratitude by Italian users. Some of these may be bots, but most are sincere expressions of gratitude.[3]

A different type of reasoning is however required to comment on Chinese efforts to target politicians and decision-makers. Recently, and for the first time, the magazine Cinitalia has been sent to all Italian MPs.[4] Arguably, this has been done to sweeten their views on China. Here, however, lies an excellent example of ineffective propaganda.

Firstly, the content of such magazine can generally be summarised as full-blown propaganda.[5] Secondly, the magazine has been around for a while, but it had never been sent to MPs before. This sudden gift has therefore triggered suspicion among some recipients. Efforts like this are thus likely to backlash and do not represent an effective means to influence opinions.

Moreover, China is walking on very thin ice. If Beijing wants to keep capitalising on its communication campaign, it should avoid making conjectures on the presence of the virus in other countries – in this case Italy – before it appeared in China.[6] While such statements are not as heavy handed as the theories circulating on Chinese media that accuse the US army of bringing the virus to Wuhan, it is prone to create uneasiness in Western countries.

That said, it is important to bear in mind that the first concern of President Xi and more generally of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is regime survival. Thus, a lot of the Chinese propaganda we see in the West is actually aimed at domestic audiences in China (and its diaspora). This element is often silent in the many recent analyses, particularly in the West, and yet is fundamental to understand the goals and type of communication China is using.

Now, the elephant in the room must addressed, what is the scope of all of this? Is China genuinely helping its friends in distress, or is there more than meets the eye?

According to some, China is exploiting this moment to reshuffle the cards of the international order and craft a special position for itself and its soft power vis-a-vis other countries, particularly in the West.[7] It is difficult to picture with precision what China’s end game is. However, we can safely assert that the country is trying to make great lemonade out of some very sour lemons.

Crises are always a great opportunity for change. Xi Jinping now has the chance to once again try to project the image of a benevolent and solidary China, rising peacefully.

According to these narratives, Italy is the weak link of the West, the first EU country that signed a MoU with China, thus opening the gates of Europe to China’s geopolitical plans, as if Beijing was not already active on the continent. Months of work to reassure its Atlantic partners that Italy stands squarely within the contours of its traditional alliance system have been nullified by the arrival of COVID-19 and the resumption of speculation on a supposed Rome-Beijing connection.

Let us therefore reassure our friends and allies. Italy is not selling its soul to China nor is about to endanger Europe or the Atlantic alliance. A few elements should be considered: the extraordinary situation and how China views Italy.

People sometimes seem to forget that a health crisis is occurring, that Italy, but not only Italy, needs medical supplies and that most of this production takes place in China.[8] It is indeed difficult not to play geopolitics when China is in the picture and it is right to raise concerns and to call for more awareness on the situation. However, to interpret the purchase and reception of medical assistance from China as another example of Italian naiveté or, worse still, as being complicit in Beijing’s geopolitical aims, is a step too far.

If the worry is that China could buy Italian enterprises in distress or offer a loan to Italy and push the country into an alleged debt-trap,[9] this is very unlikely to happen for two reasons. The first is that China’s economy is not doing great itself and long gone are the days of double-digit GDP growth. Nowadays, China is very unlikely to invest in anything that might not bring returns, and failing Italian enterprises are a dangerous bet. Secondly, Italy is already preparing to further strengthen its ability to protect enterprises from external acquisitions.[10]

Moreover, it is likely that for China, Italy is nothing more than a market opportunity to sell medical supplies and a testing ground to see whether its new communication strategy works. As things develop, China has already moved on, offering similar support to other countries.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic comes at a time where geopolitical considerations have returned to centre stage and the debate on China is highly polarised and politicised. The fact that Italy is currently the Western country with most cases and thus in need of support and that this support came from China strengthened old conjectures as to the Italy-China relationship.

Global partners, however, should stop considering Italy as a weak link and understand that while circumstances made Italy the first country to receive Chinese aid, it will not be the last. We are facing a global health crisis and if we want to overcome it, we should all adopt a more pragmatic approach. This does not mean being blind, but it also does not mean refusing vital aid for political or ideological reasons.


* Francesca Ghiretti is a researcher in Asia Studies at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London.

[1] “Riprende l’export di mascherine verso l’Italia: Germania e Francia costrette a piegarsi alla Ue”, in QuiFinanza, 15 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://wp.me/p6tFBd-1w2d; “Germany Treats First Italians As Coronavirus Care Crosses Borders”, in Reuters, 24 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://reut.rs/2xoXnSY.

[2] See the official Twitter account of the Embassy: https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://twitter.com/AmbCina.

[3] See, for example: Ambasciata Repubblica Popolare Cinese in Italia, Forse te ne sei dimenticato, ma noi ricorderemo per sempre, Twitter post, 17 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://twitter.com/AmbCina/status/1239246287280771081.

[4] Gabriele Carrer, “Bastone (a Gasparri) e carota (a tutti gli altri). La Cina all’assalto del Parlamento”, in Formiche.net, 20 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://formiche.net/?p=1280885. Cinitalia is a bimonthly magazine edited by the Italian section of China Radio International and GBTimes Italia and is the only official bilingual magazine for Chinese and Italian institutions covering topics such as culture, economy, politics, customs, gastronomy and travel from both countries.

[5] Usually, Cinitalia issues include only positive information on both Italy and China – i.e. Confucius Institutes are positive for Italian universities, there is growing economic reciprocity between the two countries, China will always be open for Italy (and vice versa), plus praises of the CCP and its initiatives.

[6] See, for example: Global Times, According to NPR: Doctors in Italy remember having seen very strange pneumonia in December and even November, Twitter post, 22 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1241616284271300608.

[7] James Kynge and Hudson Lockett, “From Cover-up to Global Donor: China’s Soft Power Play”, in Financial Times, 24 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.ft.com/content/efdec278-6d01-11ea-9bca-bf503995cd6f.

[8] The COVID-19 pandemic has further strengthened concerns regarding the implications of the centrality of China in the global value chain and in the production of goods, including medical supplies.

[9] Gabriele Carrer, “Bastone (a Gasparri) e carota (a tutti gli altri)”, cit.

[10] Cesare Milani, “Italian COVID-19 Law Decree Suspends Terms of All Administrative Procedures”, in Latham.London, 19 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.latham.london/?p=4245.

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Is Coronavirus Good for Our Sick Planet?   

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Is Coronavirus Good for Our Sick Planet?
Luca Franza*

Dolphins are being spotted in harbours, canals in Venice have never looked so clean and the temporary ban of corridas has spared the lives of a hundred Spanish bulls. Looking at the bright side of things is an admirable quality, but we should not get too carried away with the idea that COVID-19 is good for the planet.

Besides the anecdotal phenomena quoted above, the collapse of mobility and economic activity induced by COVID-19 are generating meaningful short-term consequences for the environment. These include a sharp reduction in Hubei’s and Northern Italy’s air pollution levels and a likely reduction in global CO2 emissions in 2020.

Rejoicing over such news rests on a short-sighted view. The interlinkages between COVID-19, energy and climate issues are so complex that we are actually looking at a mixed bag of consequences.

The first element that requires attention is the link between environmental factors and the spread of the virus. Proximity between wildlife and humans in the wet market of Wuhan, a megalopolis, created favourable conditions for the spillover of a virus from one species to another, as well as for further transmission among humans.

The destruction of ecosystems and illegal trade of endangered species can be blamed for bringing humans in contact with a new pathogen.[1] While the West is engaging in commendable self-criticism, China should also use this pandemic as an occasion to rethink some of its traditions and its overall approach to nature.

Moreover, fine particle matters such as PM10 could be a COVID-19 vector via the boost effect.[2] Prior research had found PM10 to be a compounding factor behind the spread of measles.[3] Perhaps even more convincing is the hypothesis that chronic exposure to pollution and respiratory problems aggravate the impact of COVID-19, partially explaining the high mortality rate in Northern Italy.[4]

Efforts to limit pollution could thus gain further traction as a result of this pandemic, with long-term benefits for public health. Annual premature deaths from pollution are more than 70,000 in Italy[5] and 7–8 million in the world.[6]

Chinese pollutant emissions fell by 20–30 per cent in February 2020,[7] and the decrease in CO2 emissions is estimated to have been the same.[8] European Space Agency satellites also showed a drastic reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in Northern Italy.[9] Limitations to mobility were a factor behind this reduction, as 70 per cent of NO2 emissions in the Milan area are produced by transportation.[10]

More importantly, the overall economic downturn expected from COVID-19 and the reduction in global air travel will contribute to what might be the most significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the past century.[11]

But the positive effects of this pandemic on local air quality and global climate are likely to be temporary. The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will remain high even if emissions temporarily fall. Moreover, when economic activity resumes, a rebound in all types of emissions is likely.

As the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol warned, shrinking our economies is not a sustainable way to reduce emissions.[12] The energy transition needs massive public and private investments on infrastructure and system adaptation. Storing electricity is expensive, and electrification, albeit rising, cannot cover 100 per cent of demand.

Investments on clean molecules and sector coupling are lagging behind. Conventional capacity is needed as a back-up, and keeping it operational with low utilisation rates comes at a cost. R&D and innovation are going to be key. While we certainly need to limit consumerism and waste, we will ultimately need a prosperous, competitive and innovative economic system to meet the climate challenge.

The argument is being made that COVID-19 marks a turning point, after which the paradigm that “the economy must come first” will and in fact should be abandoned.[13] This argument rests on confusion between measures that are sensible in an emergency and long-term visions.

Sacrificing short-term profits to defend public health is the right thing to do now. The aim of the measures that are being adopted in many countries in these days is to “flatten the curve” in order to soon go back to normalcy. They are not meant to be permanent, and it is in everyone’s interest to put our economies back on track. Public pressure to do so will increase.

The same confusion inspires comparisons between COVID-19 and the “climate crisis”. Why are actions to fight COVID-19 so resolute while climate action is so slow? Why are mass media focussing so much on the coronavirus?[14] While framing climate change as a crisis has its merits – as it highlights the urgency to act – it can also be misleading.

COVID-19 can hopefully be managed with prompt emergency measures. Limiting global warming is a much more complex, large-scale challenge. Measures to address it have to be sustainable and effective over the long term.

Going back to the effects of COVID-19 on the climate, we have seen how the positive ones will likely be temporary and a rebound in emissions is expected to follow. Let us now consider the negative effects of the crisis for the climate.

Headwinds from COVID-19 have already negatively impacted the car sector and the otherwise booming battery market, in turn clouding the outlook for electric vehicles (EV) sales.[15] EV demand is also going to be negatively hit by low oil prices (also partly linked to the pandemic), which reduce the attractiveness of switching to EVs. EVs remain expensive and increasingly risk-averse consumers might opt for cheaper options until the economy recovers. Disruptions to global supply chains, namely in batteries, pose risks of a shortage in parts for EVs.

China is a major battery maker and an engine for growth in the EV sector. Beijing has recently thrown its weight behind EV start-ups such as Xpeng to conquer global markets[16] but might now choose to divert money to more urgent economic needs. If start-ups go bankrupt, what could be a temporary downturn could turn into a more lasting stalemate.

The solar sector is also confronted with weak demand and global value chain disruptions. Bloomberg New Energy Finance cut its forecast for global solar demand in 2020 by 16 per cent, which might translate into the first annual fall in solar capacity additions in three decades.[17]

The sector is heavily reliant on Chinese demand and equipment, namely PV modules. While it is true that the long-term prospects for solar remain good and the negative impact of COVID-19 should only be temporary, it is possible that countries around the world will want to reduce their dependence on global value chains. Developing equipments and materials at home would increase reliability – but it might also increase costs.

This consideration can be extended to the global economy: capitalism has been increasingly reliant on integrated, “just-in-time” value chains. As said by Laurie Garrett in a Foreign Policy article, “inventories that sat on shelves for more than a few days were considered market failures”.[18]

The risks of relying on such value chains have been laid bare by COVID-19. The US and the EU (for instance by promoting European renewables champions) had already shown their willingness to change course. As a result of the pandemic, countries are going to be even more tempted to limit their reliance on global trade and increase redundancy. However, redundancy comes at a cost.

The pandemic might further feed nationalism or at least the perceived need to concentrate resources to sustain the national economy, distracting effort from tackling global problems such as climate change. While the two objectives are not necessarily incompatible, carbon-intensive stimulus packages might deliver more immediate benefits than supporting early-stage clean technologies.

Due to the financial pain from COVID-19, corporations might also demand bailouts, subsidies and derogations from environmental regulations. Airlines are citing the distress caused by the virus to scale down long-term efforts to fight global warming.[19] Lobbying to stop carbon taxes and a UN plan requiring airlines to offset emissions by planting trees and investing in renewables is intensifying.

Airlines might have to purchase 20 per cent more carbon credits than planned over the next three years as travel bounces back.[20] Their revenues are already projected to shrink by 11 per cent this year.[21] US shale oil producers – hit by extremely low prices – are also asking for help, and in the midst of the presidential race the government is more likely to listen to them.

Another negative effect is that low commodity prices will encourage wasteful use, decreasing energy efficiency. This would add to a slowdown in energy efficiency improvements already observed in recent years. According to the IEA, while global oil demand might fall by as much as 730,000 barrels a day in 2020, a sharp rebound is expected in 2021.[22]

COVID-19 could also be turned into an opportunity. This has nothing to do with the short-term air pollution reduction and positive effects on habitats quoted earlier. The benefit might be more structural.

First of all, there are hopes that remote working habits might become embedded, limiting travel and emissions. Secondly, the shortening of value chains, if permanent, might also contribute to saving emissions. Thirdly, a different scenario from what has been sketched earlier might materialise, and stimulus packages could be used as an opportunity to invest on the energy transition. Apart from renewables and electric grids, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) need to be scaled up, and a new wave of spending might be targeted to that.[23]

Fourthly, bailouts and subsidies could be made climate-friendly by attaching certain conditions to them. An example would be to offer tax breaks to airlines to retire polluting aircrafts in favour of cleaner ones.[24] Finally, it should be remembered that renewables were not killed by the 2008–09 economic crisis. The increased urge to rely on locally produced energy as a result of this pandemic might end up favouring renewables over imported fossil fuels.

The interlinkages between COVID-19, energy and climate are complex. Various scenarios could unfold, depending on the duration of the crisis and reactions to it. Overall, it is unlikely that COVID-19 is going to be good for the planet. Reductions in local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions due to lower mobility and economic activity are only going to be temporary. They risk being entirely frustrated by the economic rebound which will hopefully take place.

Shrinking economic activity is not a sustainable solution to meet the climate challenge. The medium-term impact of COVID-19 on climate and the environment is mixed, with potentially negative repercussions on the fossil fuel industry and energy transition alike. Stimulus packages could be turned into climate-friendly policies, but the likelihood that countries might focus on urgent carbon-intensive spending is high. Like every crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic offers an important lesson: we have to rethink the way we treat ecosystems and organise our urban life more sustainably.


* Luca Franza is Head of the Energy, Climate and Resources Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Associate Fellow at the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) and Lecturer at SciencesPo-PSIA.

[1] Isabella Pratesi (ed.), Pandemie, l’effetto boomerang della distruzione degli ecosistemi, Rome, WWF Italia, March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://d24qi7hsckwe9l.cloudfront.net/downloads/biodiversita_e_pandemie_16marzo__1_.pdf.

[2] Leonardo Setti et al., Evaluation of the Potential Relationship between Particulate Matter (PM) Pollution and COVID-19 Infection Spread in Italy, SIMA position paper, 21 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.simaonlus.it/?page_id=694.

[3] Lu Peng et al., “The Effects of Air Pollution and Meteorological Factors on Measles Cases in Lanzhou, China”, in Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 6 February 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-07903-4.

[4] Damian Carrington, “Air Pollution Likely to Increase Coronavirus Death Rate, Warn Experts”, in The Guardian, 17 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://gu.com/p/df4jb.

[5] According to the latest consolidated data for 2016. See European Environment Agency, Air Quality in Europe 2019 Report, May 2019, p. 68, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://doi.org/10.2800/822355.

[6] Depending on the estimate, cf. World Health Organization (WHO) website: Air Pollution, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.who.int/health-topics/air-pollution; and Richard Burnett et al., “Global Estimates of Mortality Associated with Long-term Exposure to Outdoor Fine Particulate Matter”, in PNAS, Vol. 115, No. 38 (18 September 2018), p. 9592-9597, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1803222115.

[7] European Space Agency (ESA), COVID-19: Nitrogen Dioxide Over China, 19 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-5P/COVID-19_nitrogen_dioxide_over_China.

[8] Lauri Myllyvirta, “Analysis: Coronavirus Has Temporarily Reduced China’s CO2 Emissions by a Quarter”, in Carbon Brief, 19 February 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-coronavirus-has-temporarily-reduced-chinas-co2-emissions-by-a-quarter.

[9] ESA, Coronavirus: Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions Drop over Italy, 13 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2020/03/Coronavirus_nitrogen_dioxide_emissions_drop_over_Italy. NO2 emissions are also used as proxies to estimate CO2 emissions.

[10] Bart Degraeuwe et al., Urban NO2 Atlas, Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union, 2019, p. 11, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.2760/43523.

[11] Chris Mooney et al., “Pollution is Plummeting in Italy in the Wake of Coronavirus, Emissions Data Show”, in The Washington Post, 13 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://wapo.st/2INefoA.

[12] Fatih Birol, “Coronavirus: Economic Stimulus Plans Open a Door for Clean Energy”, in Energy Post, 17 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://energypost.eu/?p=27434.

[13] Adam Tooze, “Coronavirus Has Shattered the Myth that the Economy Must Come First”, in The Guardian, 20 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://gu.com/p/dfhze.

[14] Helen Regan, “The World Is Coming Together to Fight Coronavirus. It Can Do the Same for the Climate Crisis”, in CNN, 19 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/18/world/coronavirus-and-climate-crisis-response-intl-hnk/index.html.

[15] Christian Shepherd, “Coronavirus Poses Threat to China’s Electric Vehicle Goals”, in Financial Times, 12 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.ft.com/content/12cc8c6a-5f7a-11ea-b0ab-339c2307bcd4.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Sandra Enkhardt, “BNEF Lowers 2020 Global PV Outlook Due to Coronavirus Concerns”, in PV Magazine, 13 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/03/13/bnef-lowers-2020-global-pv-outlook-due-to-coronavirus-concerns.

[18] John Allen et al., “How the World Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic”, in Foreign Policy, 20 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/20/world-order-after-coroanvirus-pandemic.

[19] Brad Plumer and Hiroko Tabuchi, “Coronavirus Could Slow Efforts to Cut Airlines’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, in The New York Times, 6 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://nyti.ms/2wxaYHp.

[20] Ibid.

[21] International Air Transport Association (IATA), IATA Updates COVID-19 Financial Impacts: Relief Measures Needed, 5 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/pr/2020-03-05-01.

[22] IEA, Global Oil Demand to Decline in 2020 As Coronavirus Weighs Heavily on Markets, 9 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.iea.org/news/global-oil-demand-to-decline-in-2020-as-coronavirus-weighs-heavily-on-markets.

[23] Cf. also Fatih Birol, “Coronavirus: Economic Stimulus Plans Open a Door for Clean Energy”, cit.

[24] Daniel Rutherford (International Council on Clean Transportation), quoted in Brad Plumer and John Schwartz, “Where the Virus and Climate Intersect”, in The New York Times, 18 March 2020, https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://nyti.ms/2IT6nSC.

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Beijing+25: 25 Years After the Global Platform for Action on Gender Equality   

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What is Beijing+25?

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) of 1995. This extensive and historic document was drafted during the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. This conference, historically marked as the venue at which Hilary Clinton famously announced to the crowd of delegates, “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all,” remains as one of the core moments of global gender equality initiatives.

Its original platform was and remains a public call to action on key elements in providing gender equality around the globe, in both public and private spheres. This document aims to provide LGBTIQ and gender equality activists with an overview of the original Beijing Platform for Action, the processes taking place to mark its 25th anniversary, and how to engage with them inclusively.

Key Elements

Originally drafted by UN Women during its Fourth World Conference, the final BPfA was signed by 189 member states. Within the official document lie twelve areas of focus by which global leaders may measure gender equality.

  1. Women and poverty
  2. Education and training for women
  3. Women and health
  4. Violence against women
  5. Women and armed conflict
  6. Women and the economy
  7. Women in power and decision-making
  8. Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  9. Human rights of women
  10. Women and the media
  11. Women and the environment
  12. The girl-child

Why Is It Important?

The BPfA continues to serve a vital role in the push for gender equality. Beyond its groundbreaking impact on the international community at the time of its implementation, the BPfA remains the core platform by which gender equality may be quantified on an international scale.

The United Nations (UN) continues to advocate that future global agendas must be both “universal” and “anchored” in human rights, including those related to gender equality, making the BPfA continuously relevant to future agendas. Expanding upon this, the UN centers its promotion of the “realization of women’s and girls’ human rights” as essential to gaining not only universal human rights, but also establishing peace, security, and sustainable development.

The review forums planned throughout 2020 act as important opportunities to maintain and reignite global focus on gender equality. Although not yet fully realized, these goals act as a standard by which intersectional feminists may quantify progress towards total equality. Past anniversarial reviews to the BPfA have provided meaningful expansion and refinement of its original objectives, as well as reimagined avenues towards realizing full international equality. This will result in various documented assessments serving as major tools in highlighting international commitments to gender equality and holding global actors accountable to their various commitments.

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This is an interior design project of transforming a three-storey existing building to IBG Kindergarten in Beijing, China. The acronym in ibg stands for Inspiring, Bi-cultural and Green. While many emphasize on ease of maintenance and ease of use among adults as their requirement of design, but we prioritized children’s use and learning as our criteria. Supporting the educational philosophy of the school, the structure was filled with nature so as to educate the children amidst the enjoyable green which is a rare sight in this urban neighborhood. The roof was transformed to a ‘Garden of Movement’, that is a simple terrace garden to boost movement and exercise.


          

China to significantly reduce international flights   

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China's aviation regulator on Thursday asked domestic airlines to reduce their international routes to only one per country while capping the number of flights to no more than one flight per week.
 

Foreign airlines are also asked to limit the number of flights to China to no more than one flight per week, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

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Airlines are required to cap the passenger load factors on inbound and outbound flights at 75% to curb the contagion risks, said the CAAC, adding that they're now allowed to use passenger aircraft for cargo-only flights.
 

All new measures on the latest flight reductions will take effect from March 29.


          

TIANJIN: 19 Imported Cases   

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As of March 27, 06:00, Tianjin reported eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases, brought the city's total imported novel coronavirus cases to 19.
 

The 12th case, female, 17 years old, Chinese nationality who lived in New York, USA. The patient took a flight from New York (CA982) and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 25th.
 

The 13th case, male, 20 years old, Chinese nationality who lived in New York, USA. The patient took a flight from New York (CA982) and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 25th.
 

The 14th case, male, 25 years old, Chinese nationality, who lived in New York, USA. The patient took a flight from New York (CA982) and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 25th.
 

The 15th case, female, 24 years old, Chinesenationality, who lived in London, UK. The patient took a flight (SU204) from Moscow and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 25th.
 

The 16th case, male, 18 years old, Chinese nationality, who lived in UK. The patient took a flight (SU204) from Moscow and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 25th.
 

The 17th case, female, 21 years old, Chinese nationality, who lived in New York, USA. The patient took a flight from New York (CA990) to Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 25th.
 

The 18th case, female, 23 years old, Chinese nationality, who lived in UK. The patient took a flight (SU204) from Moscow, Russia, and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 26th.
 

The 19th case, female, 22 years old, Chinese nationality, who lived in UK. The patient took a flight (CA938) from London, UK, and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 26th.
 

天津共19例境外输入确诊病例

3月26日21时至27日6时,天津无新增报告本地新冠肺炎确诊病例。新增报告3例境外输入确诊病例(均为中国籍),累计报告境外输入确诊病例19例(其中重型3例、普通型8例、轻型4例、分型待定4例;中国籍18例、法国籍1例)。
 

境外输入第12例,女,17岁,中国籍,居住地美国纽约。该患者自纽约乘坐航班(CA982),于3月25日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.4℃,申报无疾病症状,海关检疫排查后转送至河北区维多利亚大酒店集中隔离点。26日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第12境外输入病例,分型为待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

境外输入第13例,男,20岁,中国籍,居住地美国纽约。该患者自纽约乘坐航班(CA982),于3月25日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.5℃,申报无疾病症状,海关检疫排查后转送至河北区维多利亚大酒店集中隔离点。26日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第13例境外输入病例,分型为待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

境外输入第14例,男,25岁,中国籍,居住地美国纽约。该患者自纽约乘坐航班(CA982),于3月25日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.7℃,申报无疾病症状,海关检疫排查后转送至河北区维多利亚大酒店集中隔离点。26日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第14例境外输入病例,分型为待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

境外输入第15例,女,24岁,中国籍,居住地英国伦敦。该患者自莫斯科乘坐航班(SU204),于3月25日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.9℃,申报有咳痰等症状,海关检疫排查后转送至南开区瑞达春天酒店集中隔离点。26日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第15例境外输入病例,分型为待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

境外输入第16例,男,18岁,中国籍,居住地英国卡莱尔。该患者自莫斯科乘坐航班(SU204),于3月25日抵达天津滨海国际机场。
 

境外输入第17例,女,21岁,中国籍,居住地美国纽约。该患者自美国纽约乘坐航班(CA990),于3月25日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.8℃,申报有鼻塞等症状。海关检疫排查后送往天津市和平区滨江道如家酒店隔离点,26日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市境外输入病例,分型待定。现已转至海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

境外输入第18例,女,23岁,中国籍,居住地英国伯明翰。该患者自俄罗斯莫斯科乘坐航班(SU204),于3月26日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.9℃,申报有发热、干咳、鼻塞、流涕等症状。海关检疫排查后送往天津市河东区锦江之星(八纬路店)隔离点,27日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市境外输入病例,分型待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

境外输入第19例,女,22岁,中国籍,居住地英国温彻斯特。该患者自英国伦敦乘坐航班(CA938),于3月26日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温37.3℃,申报有发热、干咳、鼻塞、流涕等症状。海关检疫排查后送往天津医科大学总医院空港医院发热门诊,27日咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市境外输入病例,分型待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。
 

3月26日21时至27日6时,我市无新增报告本地新冠肺炎确诊病例,累计报告本地新冠肺炎确诊病例136例,其中男性73例,女性63例;治愈出院133例,死亡3例。 
 

截至目前,全市现有疑似病例89例,累计排查密切接触者2789人,尚有152人正在接受医学观察。


          

TIANJIN: 3 More Imported Cases   

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A passenger registers her information at a receiving point at the New China International Exhibition Center in BeijingA passenger registers her information at a receiving point at the New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing

Tianjin reported three new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday. The three cases are all Chinese, brought the city's total imported novel coronavirus cases to nine.

The 7th imported case, female, 64 years old, Chinese nationality, lives in Hongqiao District, Tianjin. The patient took a flight (EK306) from UK via Dubai and arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport on March 21st.

The 8th imported case, female, 71 years old, Chinese nationality, lives in San Francisco, USA. The patient took a flight from the United States (CA986) to Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 23th.

The 9th imported case, male, 20 years old, Chinese nationality, lives in Switzerland. The patient took a flight from Russia (SU204) to Tianjin Binhai International Airport on March 23th.

天津新增3例境外输入确诊病例

3月24日6时至18时,天津无新增报告本地新冠肺炎确诊病例。新增报告3例境外输入确诊病例(均为中国籍),累计报告境外输入确诊病例9例(在院9例,其中重型1例、普通型4例、轻型1例、未分型3例;中国籍8例、法国籍1例)。

境外输入第7例,女,64岁,中国籍,居住于天津市红桥区。该患者自英国乘坐航班(EK306)经迪拜,于3月21日抵达北京首都国际机场,由转运专车转送到北京国展中心,当晚由天津疫情转运专车转送至红桥区银泰酒店集中隔离点;24日晨出现发热,体温38.2℃,转送市人民医院发热门诊就诊,咽拭子、鼻拭子核酸检测结果均为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第7例境外输入病例,分型待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。

境外输入第8例,女,71岁,中国籍,居住地美国旧金山。该患者自美国乘坐航班(CA986)于3月23日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温38.5℃,个人申报有干咳、乏力等症状,转送市第三中心医院发热门诊。经海关检疫排查,咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第8例境外输入病例,分型待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。

境外输入第9例,男,20岁,中国籍,居住地瑞士洛桑。该患者自俄罗斯乘坐航班(SU204)于3月23日抵达天津滨海国际机场,入境时体温36.2℃,个人申报有咳痰、乏力等症状,海关检疫排查后转送至红桥区集中隔离点,经市疾控中心检测,咽拭子核酸检测结果为阳性,经市专家组确诊为我市第9例境外输入病例,分型待定。现正转往海河医院,有关流行病学调查正在进行中。

3月24日6时至18时,我市无新增报告本地新冠肺炎确诊病例,累计报告本地新冠肺炎确诊病例136例,其中男性73例,女性63例;治愈出院133例,死亡3例。

截至目前,全市现有疑似病例44例,累计排查密切接触者2767人,尚有178人正在接受医学观察。


          

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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 9S featuring a massive 5020 mAh battery   

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The Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has officially introduced the Redmi Note 9S smartphone at an event live-streamed from the company’s Beijing headquarters. The mid-range Redmi Note 9S is the latest international version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro introduced in India earlier this month as the successor to its best-selling Redmi Note 8 Pro. Xiaomi said [...]

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Beijing Has Defeated Coronavirus. What It Was Like Living In The Locked-Down City For Two Months    

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The mood in Beijing went from uncertainty to anger to acceptance and hope during the two-month-long coronavirus lockdown.
          

Pakistan Converts Hundreds of Hotels Into Quarantine Centers    

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Pakistan has converted hundreds of hotels into temporary quarantine centers, one of several urgent steps to ensure its traditionally ill-prepared public health care system can deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The rapid response, critics say, is unusual in the wake of limited resources facing the cash-strapped country. Islamabad’s close ally, Beijing, has also stepped in to deliver critical medical staff and supplies to help inRead more

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China to share coronavirus data with US: Trump    

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Mr. Trump spoke to Mr. Xi over telephone, days after the US president angered Beijing by referring to the coronavirus as “Chinese virus” and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China’s ruling Communist Party posed a “substantial threat” to Americans’ health and their way of life.
          

2020第23届北京国际科技产业博览会   

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2020第二十三届北京国际科技产业博览会THE 23ST CHINA BEIJING INTERNATIONAL HIGH-TECH EXPO(简称科博会)作为我国首个以科技为主题的综合性博览会,它已成为国家推动科技创新建设,引领高质量发展的重要抓手。 时间:2020年9月17日--20日 地点:北京·中国国际展览 ...
          

2020北京科博会 助推经济高质量复苏   

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President Trump: Please Take the Olive Branch   

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We’ve all seen the photograph. In President Trump’s typed speech, the word “Corona” was crossed out with a Sharpie and replaced with “CHINESE,” presumably in Trump’s handwriting. Instead of reading “Corona Virus,” it now read “Chinese Virus.” It’s obvious Trump wants to put the blame on China for America’s current coronavirus pandemic. 

As usual, Beijing played the tit-for-tat game. It came up with a conspiracy theory that the virus originated from the U.S. Army. But this week, China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, expressed his opposition to Beijing’s unfounded theory, describing it as “crazy.”

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In an interview with Axios on HBO, Cui remarked, “Such speculation will help nothing. It’s very harmful. Eventually, we must have an answer to where the virus originally came from. But this is the job for the scientists to do, not for diplomats.”

These were not off-the-cuff remarks from a rogue diplomat. Beijing plans everything. President Xi Jingping told Cui to say what he said and the timing was no coincidence. Xi is offering Trump an olive branch at possibly America’s and Trump’s most vulnerable time in history. But why?

Xi has a vested interest in America’s economy. A strong America means, for China, hundreds of billions of dollars of export business. In 2018, China sold $540 billion worth of furniture, toys, plastics, and machinery to the United States. China appears to be recovering from the pandemic as quarantines are lifted, doctors and nurses at the coronavirus epicenter return home, and workers head back to the factories. China’s manufacturing machine is running again and needs customers. 

So, what should Trump do? Take the olive branch with open arms. Don’t worry about saving face — let’s start saving lives.

We desperately need thousands of ventilators as well as millions of respirators, test kits, latex gloves, hospital gowns, pipette tips, biohazard waste bags, hand sanitizers, and more. In a wartime effort, China has mobilized thousands of factories to make medical products 24/7 and has shipped them to more than 80 countries so far. 

On top of the supplies, hundreds of Chinese doctors and nurses, just off the Wuhan frontlines, have landed in Italy, Slovenia, Iran, Iraq, and Spain. That’s exactly what American hospitals need — medical professionals who have the know-how and experience to combat the coronavirus. They’ve been through the war already and can provide valuable, hands-on training to our American health professionals. 

Now is not the time to blame China or to find a scapegoat. China made the first conciliatory move. Take the olive branch — ask for help and save lives. It’s that simple.

 

Stanley ChaoAbout the author

Stanley Chao is the author of Selling to China, and is Managing Director of All In Consulting. Follow Chao on Twitter, @stanleychao6.


          

UNESCO learning cities and responses to COVID-19 – outcomes of webinar on 24 March   

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On 24 March, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning organized its second webinar on learning cities’ responses to COVID-19. Following last Thursday’s insights into how learning cities such as Beijing (People’s Republic of China), Shanghai (People’s Republic of China), Fermo (Italy), Kashan (...
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UNESCO learning cities responding to COVID-19   

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Many of the 173 UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members around the world face severe challenges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). During a webinar by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning on 19 March, UNESCO learning cities such as Beijing (People’s Republic of China),...
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XABT dona kits para detección de ácido nucleico 2019-nCoV a Italia   

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BEIJING, 26 de marzo de 2020 /PRNewswire/ — El 19 de marzo, se realizó la Ceremonia de Donación y Envío del Kit para Detección y Extracción de Ácido Nucleico 2019-nCoV en Beijing. Beijing Applied Biological Technologies Co., Ltd.


          

Tianjin’s trade with BRI and ASEAN countries grows in Jan-Feb   

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BEIJING, China – March 27, 2020 – North China’s Tianjin Municipality reported an increase in its trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and ASEAN (Association
          

China reports first locally transmitted coronavirus case in 3 days, clampdown on flights   

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Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in three days and 54 new imported cases, as Beijing ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights, for fear travelers could reignite the coronavirus outbreak.
          

China's 'Health Silk Road' Gets A Boost From COVID-19   

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While the COVID-19 epidemic spread out of China along the routes of the Belt and Road (BRI), those same corridors are now being used to provide medical support as Beijing positions itself as a global leader in healthcare.
          

Air China says flights to North Korea remain suspended through early May   

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Trump pledges cooperation with China's Xi after phone call   

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President Trump early Friday said that he had a “very good conversation” with Chinese President Xi Jinping about efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and pledged cooperation with Beijing.“Just finished a very good conversation with President...
          

Health ministers join WHO video conference   

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RT - Daily news: 'I read same reports as you': US State Dept accuses China of putting conditions on Covid-19 aid, cites media when pressed on proof   

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The US State Department has accused Beijing of attaching ‘“strings” to aid given to countries battling Covid-19, but unable to name specifics, could only point to generic press reports, while also invoking a Chinese “coverup.”

Senior State Department official James Richardson – who runs the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources – levied the charges to reporters during a briefing on Thursday night. Calling on China to provide “no-strings-attached” assistance, Richardson suggested Beijing had placed conditions on its coronavirus aid. When asked to elaborate, however, the official punted, confessing he had no specific evidence and was merely relaying what he read in the media.

“On the strings attached, I mean, I’m not the intelligence folks, so I don’t know what exactly has been proven,” Richardson said.

I read the same articles that you do ... And so I think – I don’t have any hard proof besides the articles that I’ve seen, but that certainly rings true.

The official also made a passing reference to “the coverup that happened in Wuhan” – the Chinese city where Covid-19 was first observed. Though he was not pressed to provide further detail, reports in US media have accused China of concealing information in the early stages of its outbreak. Most pointed to Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who was reprimanded by Chinese authorities over “spreading rumors” about the virus in early December. Later, an investigation by the country's anti-corruption agency determined that Li, who later died of the illness, did not seek to undermine public order. However, the report noted that the doctor failed to verify his data before sharing it, stating his information was “not consistent” with the situation on the ground at the time.

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A State Department cable recently obtained by the Daily Beast contains language nearly identical to Richardson’s remarks, part of a department-wide effort to pin a “coverup” on Beijing. The cable also instructs officials to insist that China has a “special responsibility” to provide aid to other afflicted nations, a phrase repeated verbatim by Richardson during Thursday’s briefing.

Beijing has responded to allegations of a coverup, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Suang arguing last week that his country has provided “timely information” about the virus, noting that even US President Donald Trump – a frequent critic of China – had deemed the data “helpful.” Earlier this month, Chinese authorities also acknowledged that punishing Dr. Li was an error, issuing a “solemn apology” to the man’s family and noting that the police officers who threatened him with arrest had been disciplined.

As the US steps up attacks on China and its response to the pandemic, however, a number of other countries have turned to Beijing for aid. To date, the government – as well as Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba – has distributed medical supplies to France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Iran, Iraq, the Philippines and even the United States.

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China has largely seen the worst of its own Covid-19 outbreak, reporting only one new case of the illness beyond those imported from abroad on Friday. The virus continues to accelerate elsewhere, however, with the US becoming the world’s largest epicenter on Thursday, while new infections also soar across Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia.

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Voice of America - English: US Pledges Additional Foreign Aid to Battle COVID-19   

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The United States announced additional foreign assistance funding Thursday to help 64 at-risk countries battle the COVID-19 global pandemic while welcoming “continued, no-strings-attached” contributions from other nations.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday in a statement.

The $274 million in foreign aid includes $100 million that was announced in early February, $110 million in new international disaster assistance, and $64 million in humanitarian assistance for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist in its pandemic response efforts for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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The funding will “support countries by providing protective services, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, livelihood assistance, and humanitarian response coordination in order to mitigate the broader economic stabilization and security effects of the outbreak,” said USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick in a telephone briefing Thursday afternoon.

Among the 64 most vulnerable nations that are facing the threat of the deadly virus are Afghanistan, Angola, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Africa, Tajikistan, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Ethiopia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam, according to Glick.

The U.S. government’s new pledges in foreign assistance came as China is stepping up its outreach to nations that are particularly hit hard by the pandemic. Planeloads of Chinese medical supplies, doctors and quarantine specialists have begun landing in European capitals almost daily, with governments of the hardest-hit countries, including Italy and Spain, openly welcoming China's help.

On Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that China is ready to share "experience on COVID-19 control and treatment" with Germany while cooperating on “the research and development of the vaccines.”

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“The Chinese Communist Party has a special responsibility to provide no-strings-attached assistance around the world and take responsibility for what everyone realizes is the result of the cover-up that happened in Wuhan,” said James Richardson, who is USAID director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources.

The U.S. is the largest health and humanitarian donor in the world.

“The United States contributes close to 40 percent of the world’s global health assistance every year, nearly five times larger than the next donor, which is the UK, and 30 percent of the world’s humanitarian assistance,” Richardson said.

Thursday, the U.S. surpassed China and Italy to become the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Senior American officials have expressed frustration at Beijing's unwillingness to cooperate and provide transparent information at the initial stage of the pandemic when it was still confined to China’s Hubei Province. The U.S. said China declined its offers of assistance.

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People smoke while they wear protective masks as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 26, 2020, in New York City.

Beijing was upset when the U.S. announced travel restrictions on people traveling from Hubei Province and China and was disturbed by Washington’s decision to evacuate the U.S. consulate in Wuhan.

“U.S.-China relations were on the decline long before the pandemic started. But it's really the mutual animosity that's only increased since the outbreak,” said Drew Thompson, a visiting senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

"The threats to embargo the export of medical equipment from China to the U.S., including protective gear, and the war of words between government officials about the national origins of the virus, indicates that we probably have not yet found the floor of the bilateral relationship, and tensions are probably going to continue and potentially even get worse," Thompson told VOA. 

 





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BEIJING, 26 mar (Xinhua) -- El presidente chino, Xi Jinping, dijo hoy jueves que China apoya a las organizaciones internacionales en el desempeño de sus papeles activos en el combate contra la enfermedad causada por el nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19).


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Washington: US President Donald Trump has said the WHO has “very much sided” with China on the coronavirus crisis, asserting that many are unhappy with the “very unfair” praise by the global health agency on Beijing’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. President Trump was responding to a question on allegations by Republican […]
          

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Trung Quốc là một nước lớn, một nền văn hóa vĩ đại, nhưng về mặt chính trị, chưa bao giờ nó thoát khỏi thân phận một con bệnh khổng lồ.

Sau vụ lùm xùm (và um xùm) liên quan đến BN21, FB Nhân Tuấn Trương có nhận xét là: “Con virus Vũ Hán … đã tụt quần ông Nguyễn Quang Thuấn cùng toàn thể nhân sự hội đồng lú lẫn trung ương.” Tôi (trộm) nghĩ thêm rằng con siêu vi này không chỉ lột trần thói hư tật xấu của giới quan chức Việt Nam mà còn khiến cho lắm kẻ cũng bị tụt luôn, dù họ không hề mắc bệnh.

Tập Cận Bình là một trường hợp điển hình. Chủ Tịch Đảng & Chủ Tịch Nước Trung Hoa Vỹ Đại không chỉ bị lâm vào cảnh khó coi mà còn bị vướng vào nhiều tình huống hết sức khó khăn, và vô cùng khó gỡ: 




- “Vành đai và con đường” của Trung Quốc tê liệt vì dịch Covid-19 








Nghe thì tưởng chừng như là họ Tập sắp bị hạ bệ đến nơi, và phen này thằng chả chắn chắn sẽ bị dân Tầu mang đi câu cá (sấu) vì những tội trạng tầy Trời: làm cho vô số người oan mạng, gây ra tình trạng ngưng trệ kinh tế toàn cầu, và khiến cả nước Tầu bị mất mặt bầu cua trước bàn dân thiên hạ. 

Tưởng vậy thôi, chớ không phải vậy đâu. Tưởng vậy là tưởng năng thối. Hoàng Đế Trung Hoa hoàn toàn chả có bị hề hấn hay sứt mẻ tẹo nào mà còn được tung hô lên tới tận mây xanh:



Chưa hết, cứ theo như miệng lưỡi của Tân Hoa Xã thì nhân loại còn phải cảm ơn Trung Quốc vì đã cứu thế giới khỏi một cơn khủng hoảng chí tử (China has saved the world from a deadly crisis) nữa cơ! Rõ ràng thiệt là quá đáng nhưng theo tôi thì (thôi) nên nhắm mắt bỏ qua đi. Một điều nhịn chín điều lành. Ngay cái tên gọi Trung Hoa đã đủ biết đất nước này là cái rốn của vũ trụ rồi. Vả lại, dân Tầu đều là con Trời tuốt luốt nên họ muốn nói sao chả được. Miệng người sang có gang có thép mà. 


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Tui nhịn nhục tới cỡ đó mà mấy chả cũng vẫn chưa chịu nữa. Được chân lân đầu, được voi rồi đòi Hai Bà Trưng luôn. Coi: 







Trơ trẽn và trơ tráo tới cỡ đó thì kể như là “hết thuốc,” theo như (nguyên văn) cách dùng từ của FB Mạnh Kim: “Lối tráo trở của Trung Quốc chẳng ai còn lạ nhưng ở thời Trung Quốc được mặc định trưởng thành hơn cho xứng vị trí ‘nước lớn’ mà Bắc Kinh vẫn không ngưng trò vu vạ ‘gắp lửa bỏ tay người’ thì hội chứng ‘Đông Á bệnh phu’ của họ đã hết thuốc chữa.”


Câu hỏi đặt ra là sao Trung Cộng có thể hành sử một cách bạo ngược và ngạo ngược như vậy chớ? 

Tác giả Đặng Sơn Duân lý giải: “Sự tồn tại của Đảng Cộng sản Trung Quốc thực sự đang lâm nguy. Và mỗi khi như thế, như một tập tính đã được ghi sâu vào trong ADN, họ cần phải tạo ra một kẻ thù.”

Tôi lại trộm nghĩ hơi khác rằng sở dĩ Trung Cộng ngược ngạo đến thế chỉ vì chúng ta ích kỷ, tham lam và hèn nhát (sợ đánh thức con hổ đang ngủ) nên đã mặc nhiên để cho họ tha hồ tự tung tự tác từ hơn nửa thế kỷ qua. Con cọp ma dzê in China, thực ra, chả ngủ một ngày nào ráo. 

Cú nhẩy vọt của nó (Great Leaps Forward) vào cuối thập niên 1950 đã gây ra nạn đói khủng khiếp khiến cho 36 triệu người dân Trung Hoa chết thảm. Tiếp theo là Cuộc Cách Mạng Văn Hoá (1966 – 1976) với hệ quả là “khoảng 200 triệu người sống tại các vùng nông thôn bị suy dinh dưỡng kinh niên … và khoảng 1,5 triệu người đã bị hành quyết hoặc bức tử.”

Toàn là những tội ác thuộc tầm cỡ diệt chủng (genocide) nhưng Mao Trạch Đông không hề bị toà án nào kết tội. Chân dung của y vẫn thấy chình ình giữa quảng trường Thiên An Môn. Và chính nơi đây, vào năm 1989, Đặng Tiểu Bình đã ra lệnh tàn sát hằng chục ngàn người dân (phần lớn là sinh viên học sinh) nhưng đương sự vẫn được xưng tụng như một vị cha già của dân tộc (paramount leader) Trung Hoa.

Đó là chuyện nội bộ của nước Tầu chăng?

Vậy thế giới đã phản ứng ra sao khi Trung Cộng xâm chiếm Tây Tạng? Từ đó đến nay đã bao nhiêu công dân của xứ sở này mang thân làm đuốc, với hy vọng gây được sự chú ý của nhân loại về thảm kịch bị mất quyền tự chủ (và nguy cơ bị đồng hoá) của cả một dân tộc nhưng những cảnh tượng kinh hoàng và bi tráng này chỉ được chúng ta nhìn với đôi mắt của đám khán giả đang xem phim (kinh dị) mà thôi!

Rồi nhân loại đã phản ứng ra sao trước những bằng chứng vô phương chối cãi về những trại tập trung khổng lồ đang giam dữ hằng triệu người dân Ngô Duy Nhĩ ?

Nothing!

Giáo sư Alan Charles Kors nhận xét: “Phương Tây chấp nhận một tiêu chuẩn kép rất quan trọng, rất bất công, không thể nào tha thứ. Hầu như mỗi ngày chúng ta đều kể lại những tội ác của Quốc Xã, chúng ta dạy con cái những tội ác này là những bài học lịch sử và đạo đức nền tảng, và chúng ta làm chứng cho mỗi nạn nhân. Nhưng với rất ít vài ngoại lệ, chúng ta hầu như im lặng về tội ác của cộng sản… Trong trường hợp Quốc Xã, chúng ta truy nã những kẻ chín mươi tuổi vì ‘xương cốt kêu gào’ công lý. Trong trường hợp cộng sản, chúng ta đòi ‘không được săn lùng phù thủy.” (“There be an After Socialism.” The Atlas Society 27 Sep 2003 translated by Trần Quốc Việt).


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Chả những không bị truy lùng hay kết tội, Tập Cận Bình (kẻ chủ trương đàn áp tôn giáo, buôn nội tạng, dùng tiền làm bẫy nợ, hủy hoại môi sinh khắp chốn, đe nẹt những nước nhỏ bé cận kề, gây bất ổn kinh tế và chính trị toàn cầu…)còn được long trọng đón tiếp khắp nơi :





Trải thảm đỏ rước họa vào nhà, hăng hái sốt sắn tham gia Con Đường Tơ Lụa Mới, rồi cả nước Ý Đại Lợi đang ôm nhau khóc (bằng tiếng Ý) vì đã thấy một vành đai với gần năm ngàn cái quan tài – con số chính xác là 4825 tính đến sáng ngày 22 tháng 3 năm 2020 – cùng thái độ trơ trẽn và tráo trở của “đối tác thương mãi” Trung Hoa.

Hy vọng là con số khủng khiếp này sẽ không tiếp tục tăng, và dịch coronavirus chẳng chóng thì chầy rồi cũng sẽ phải qua thôi. Điều thực sự cần phải quan ngại là con vi khuẩn cộng sản kìa. Loại này đã tàn hại cả nước Trung Hoa gần hai phần ba thế kỷ qua, và sẽ tiếp tục lây lan ra toàn thế giới, nếu chúng ta lại vẫn tiếp tục dung dưỡng nó. 


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After weeks of lockdown China is starting to lift restrictions in an attempt to return the country to normal. The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, discusses how China coped with coronavirus and what life is like there now

According to official statistics, China has defeated the coronavirus. Authorities have begun easing Wuhan’s two-month lockdown while cities across the country are following orders to “fully restore” production and resume normal life. But as the country returns to work, residents and analysts doubt the near-zero community transmission rate, worrying that leaders have prioritised restarting the economy over decisively containing the virus.

The Guardian’s Beijing bureau chief, Lily Kuo, tells Rachel Humphreys what life under lockdown has been like and the lessons that can be learned from China’s handling of the outbreak.

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Taiwan doubles down on virus criticism as China denounces 'disgusting' behaviorTaiwan doubled down on its criticism of China's handling of the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday, saying the Communist Party cared more about power than its own people, while Beijing described Taipei's allegations of a cover-up as slander. The epidemic has deepened enmity between Taiwan and China, which regards the democratic island as its sacred territory, to be brought under its control by force if necessary. Taiwan's government says China has intentionally hampered its efforts to get virus information direct from the World Health Organization.



          

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Coronavirus: US overtakes China with most cases   

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The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests.

According to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, the US has overtaken China (81,782 cases) and Italy (80,589).

But with almost 1,300 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US death toll lags behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).

The grim milestone came as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work "pretty quickly".

How did the White House react?
Asked about the latest figures at a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon, President Trump said it was "a tribute to the amount of testing that we're doing".

Vice-President Mike Pence said coronavirus tests were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.

Mr Trump also cast doubt on the figures coming out of Beijing, telling reporters: "You don't know what the numbers are in China."

Does the president still hope to ease restrictions?
Mr Trump has set a much-criticised goal of Easter Sunday, 12 April, for reopening the country. That plan seemed to gather impetus on Thursday as it emerged an unprecedented 3.3 million Americans have been laid off because of the virus.

At Thursday's briefing, he said: "They [the American people] have to go back to work, our country has to go back, our country is based on that and I think it's going to happen pretty quickly.

"We may take sections of our country, we may take large sections of our country that aren't so seriously affected and we may do it that way."

He added: "A lot of people misinterpret when I say go back - they're going to be practising as much as you can social distancing, and washing your hands and not shaking hands and all of the things we talked about."

He promised more details next week.

What could he be planning?
In a letter to state governors on Thursday, Mr Trump said his team plans to release federal social distancing guidelines that may advise some regions to loosen restrictions.

Mr Trump wrote of a "long battle ahead" and said "robust" testing protocols might allow some counties to lift their safeguards against the coronavirus.

He said the "new guidelines" would create low, medium and high risk zones that would allow the government to advise on "maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place".

On Thursday night, Mr Trump phoned in to Fox News host Sean Hannity's programme and said he believed Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska and parts of Texas could reopen earlier than other states.

The plan emerged as new research on Thursday estimated Covid-19-related deaths in the US could top 80,000 over the coming four months - even if people observe strict social distancing.

As many as 2,300 patients could be dying every day by April, according to the study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington's School of Medicine.

What's the reaction?
The Republican president's get-back-to-work goal found unexpected support on Thursday from a prominent Democrat.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said statewide quarantine orders may not have been the best approach to coronavirus.

"Young people then quarantined with older people was probably not the best public health strategy," he told a press conference, "because the younger people could have been exposing the older people to an infection."

Mr Cuomo said a better way forward might be a "get-back-to-work strategy" in tandem with a public health strategy.

Public health experts on the White House task force have demurred when asked about reopening the country by Easter, suggesting the timeline should be "very flexible".

Can the president order everyone back to work?
No. On 16 March, he set a 15-day period to slow down the spread of Covid-19 by urging all Americans to drastically scale back their public interactions.

But those guidelines were voluntary and did not amount to a national order.

The US Constitution makes clear states have the power for maintaining public order and safety, which scholars say means it is the responsibility of governors to decide when virus-related restrictions get lifted.

Currently 21 US states have told residents to stay in their homes or ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in order to contain the pandemic.

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BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) plans to slash on-site staff at its Nevada battery plant by around 75% due to the coronavirus pandemic, the local county manager said on Thursday. The move comes after its Japanese battery partner Panasonic Corp (6752.T) said it would scale down operations at the Nevada factory […]
          

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नवी दिल्ली : पोलीसनामा ऑनलाइन – जगभर पसरलेल्या कोरोना व्हायरसचा प्रकोप वाढत असून एकीकडे त्याच्या उत्पत्तीबाबत प्रश्न निर्माण केले जात आहेत. हा जीवघेणा व्हायरस नक्की आला कुठून? अमेरिका या व्हायरसला जगभरात पसरण्यासाठी चीनला दोषी ठरवत आहे. तर उलट चीनही अमेरिकेला या व्हायरसच्या पसरण्याबाबत दोषी ठरवत आहे. यादरम्यान आता चीनने पुन्हा एकदा स्पष्टीकरण दिले आहे की, […]

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Online English Teacher   

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Looking for a flexible, remote teaching opportunity? We are seeking passionate online English teachers to work part-time from home teaching English online to over 600,000 students with the ability to work remotely and earn up to $20/hr! Position Details-Position title: [Remote] Part-time Online English Teacher-Rate: $16-20 USD/hr (2 lessons)-Location: Remote, online (U.S. and Canada)-Start date: Immediately-Contract type: Independent Contractor-Contract term: 6 monthsWhy Teach with Qkids?-Work your own schedule - you can work part-time-Classes booked for you - no self-marketing-Lessons fully designed and gamified - no lesson planning-Earn up to $20/hour working from home-Teaching classrooms with up to 4 students-Training and support provided to improve your English teachingRequirements-Eligible to legally work in the U.S. or Canada-Bachelors degree - last semester with senior standing-Teaching license or English teaching certificate (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, ESL) required before lessons assigned-Candidates without a certificate can qualify for a fast track TESOL voucher to be completed before signing the contractRegular class time slots: 19 hrs7 days a week (AM - EST): 5:40 - 8:10Plus Friday and Saturday (PM - EST): 7:40 - 10:50About QkidsQkids is a leading online education platform that connects North American English teachers with over 800,000 Chinese students from ages 4 to 12 years old. Using a narrative game-based curriculum, teachers guide students through fun and dynamic learning experiences while in the comfort of their own homes. Qkids unique patented platform is user-friendly and engaging for teachers and students alike. Founded in 2015, Qkids has become a national leader in cross-cultural online learning and established offices in Shenzhen, Xiamen, Guangzhou, and Beijing. The company has completed its Series B financing round led by IDG Capital and is poised to build lasting growth across the world.This opportunity: Contract, Part-time, Work from home, remote, Online, Work online, Tutor, English Teacher, Students, stay at home, Qkids, teach online
          

China registers first local Covid-19 infection in 3 days as Beijing curbs international travel in hopes of halting imported cases   

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China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus infection in half a week as officials continue...
          

Online English Teacher   

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Looking for a flexible, remote teaching opportunity? We are seeking passionate online English teachers to work part-time from home teaching English online to over 600,000 students with the ability to work remotely and earn up to $20/hr! Position Details-Position title: [Remote] Part-time Online English Teacher-Rate: $16-20 USD/hr (2 lessons)-Location: Remote, online (U.S. and Canada)-Start date: Immediately-Contract type: Independent Contractor-Contract term: 6 monthsWhy Teach with Qkids?-Work your own schedule - you can work part-time-Classes booked for you - no self-marketing-Lessons fully designed and gamified - no lesson planning-Earn up to $20/hour working from home-Teaching classrooms with up to 4 students-Training and support provided to improve your English teachingRequirements-Eligible to legally work in the U.S. or Canada-Bachelors degree - last semester with senior standing-Teaching license or English teaching certificate (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, ESL) required before lessons assigned-Candidates without a certificate can qualify for a fast track TESOL voucher to be completed before signing the contractRegular class time slots: 19 hrs7 days a week (AM - EST): 5:40 - 8:10Plus Friday and Saturday (PM - EST): 7:40 - 10:50About QkidsQkids is a leading online education platform that connects North American English teachers with over 800,000 Chinese students from ages 4 to 12 years old. Using a narrative game-based curriculum, teachers guide students through fun and dynamic learning experiences while in the comfort of their own homes. Qkids unique patented platform is user-friendly and engaging for teachers and students alike. Founded in 2015, Qkids has become a national leader in cross-cultural online learning and established offices in Shenzhen, Xiamen, Guangzhou, and Beijing. The company has completed its Series B financing round led by IDG Capital and is poised to build lasting growth across the world.This opportunity: Contract, Part-time, Work from home, remote, Online, Work online, Tutor, English Teacher, Students, stay at home, Qkids, teach online
          

340.000 de teste de coronavirus false, cumparate din China. Ce reactie a avut Beijingul   

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Autoritatile din Spania acuza cumpararea a 340.000 de teste de coronavirus din China, acestea dovedindu-se a fi false.


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