What are people talking about today
- Asia Times' John Walsh: China’s Covid reporting truthful, contrary to US rhetoric
"Dr Birx called China’s low number 'unrealistic'. But in her chart she omitted data coming from countries of East Asia and nearby that have been praised by the US media for their performance and whose data are unquestioned in the West. China’s number falls right into line with that of neighboring countries. Birx’s exercise, in fact, is a classic example of lying by omission, a half-truth being a full lie."
- Stephen S. Roach, faculty member at Yale University: The End of the US-China Relationship
"It didn’t have to end this way, but the die is now cast. After 48 years of painstaking progress, a major rupture of the US-China relationship is at hand. This is a tragic outcome for both sides – and for the world. From an unnecessary trade war to an increasingly desperate coronavirus war, two angry countries are trapped in a blame game with no easy way out."
- Atlantic Council's Mathew J. Burrows: US policymakers knew a pandemic was coming: Why they ignored the warnings
"It’s high time we bring the government’s decision making into the twenty-first century. The knowledge is there for how to do it. What’s our excuse as a country for ignoring it?"
- Global Times' Wang Wen: Trump team is driving US to ‘failed state’ status
"China will not get stuck in the blame game with the US, nor will it become a grave good of a declining US. It is a pity that the Trump administration seems to have opened this Pandora's box, allowing fighting, division, unpredictability and selfishness to spread around the world. The US is no longer the world's dominant force, but it is still powerful. If it continues its willful misbehavior, Washington will bring disaster not only to the US, but all of human kind."
- Kimberly Ann Elliott, visiting scholar at the George Washington University Institute for International Economic Policy: COVID-19 Could Reignite Trump’s Trade War With China
"The administration has at times referred to the “China virus” or the “Wuhan virus,” but Trump in recent days focused his ire more on failures at the World Health Organization than directly at Beijing. But if China is unable to deliver on its commitments to import more from the U.S., which seems likely given the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, things could get nasty."
- The Irish Times's Peter Goff: China looks to disputed South China Sea as others focus on Covid-19
- The Hill's Matthew Dalton: With the world distracted, China pursues its nefarious ambitions
- American Enterprise Institute's Scott Gottlieb: America needs to win the coronavirus vaccine race
- American Enterprise Institute's John Yoo and Robert J. Delahunty: How to make China pay for COVID-19
- People's Daily's Zhong Sheng: Those who spread “political virus” should be held accountable
- Simon Lester, associate director of Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies: China Should Embrace a Coronavirus Investigation. Here’s Why.
- Al Jazeera's Marwan Bishara: The pandemic as a war and Trump, the 'medic-in-chief'
- Gernot Wagner, professor of climate economics at New York University: The Leadership Failure That Will Cost Us Everything
- POLITICO's Adam Behsudi: A potential game changer for China export controls
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Pandemic Response Reflects Unlearned Lessons of U.S.-China Trade War
- The Diplomat's Gregory Kulacki: Would China Use Nuclear Weapons First in a War With the United States?
- The National Interest's Peter Suciu: 5G Is Old News: China Wants 6G For Its Military