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[CNN] IS CHINA THE NEW LEADER IN WORLD HEALTH STAGE ?

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  1. Daniel808

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    Is China the new leader on the world health stage?
    Opinion by Michael Bociurkiw
    Updated 9:47 PM EDT, Wed May 20, 2020
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    Editor's Note: (Michael Bociurkiw is a global affairs analyst, a former spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and host of the podcast Global Impact. Follow him on Twitter @WorldAffairsPro. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his; view more opinions on CNN. )

    (CNN)The World Health Assembly (WHA) -- the biggest event on the global health agenda -- held on Monday and Tuesday this week, can be easily summed up: The Trump administration threatened to take the UN agency off life support as it fights a global pandemic -- and Chinese President Xi Jinping threw it a new life line.

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    Xi -- widely criticized for his government's failure to sound the alarm over the situation in Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus outbreak began -- was able to manipulate the 73rd WHA into a much-needed PR makeover for China. Meanwhile, the United States walked away, threatening to pull funding and membership from the World Health Organization (WHO) -- potentially hobbling its ability to deliver a robust response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    In a wider context, what we saw play out at the WHA was more proof of the Trump administration's abdication of America's traditional role as guarantor of globalization -- and the unwitting creation of a void for the Middle Kingdom to exploit.

    When he addressed the 194 member states by video, Xi pledged $2 billion over two years to fight the virus, a "humanitarian response depot and hub" in China, and assistance to the African continent to bolster their disease preparedness.

    This pledge is important amid fears that Africa, with its congested cities and weakened health systems, would be at great risk for high rates of transmission.
    China's largesse also syncs well with its audacious efforts to woo African countries with billions in loans via its controversial Belt and Road Initiative.
    As for the United States, its presence at the WHA was more of a cameo appearance with a locked and loaded Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. In a brief statement, he called out the failure of the WHO in its response to the pandemic and noted that that the organization must "become far more transparent and far more accountable."

    Meanwhile, President Donald Trump had his own plan for how to partake in the assembly. He sent a searing letter threatening to pull the United States from WHO membership and freeze funding should it "not commit to major substantial improvements within the next 30 days."

    The US is by far the largest contributor to the WHO, followed by China. Trump has criticized Beijing's support for the UN agency, and one of his officials has already described the $2 billion pledge as "token."

    But token or not, the contribution is still vital for the organization, which has a $2.3 billion budget that the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called "very small" and comparable to "a medium-sized hospital in the developed world." The executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, Dr. Michael Ryan, noted that the US funding pull will have "major implication for delivering health services to some of the most vulnerable people in the world."

    Whether the WHO, which battled a host of technical glitches during the WHA, can satisfy US expectations remains to be seen. For his part, Tedros pledged an evaluation of the WHO's handling of the pandemic "at the earliest appropriate moment."

    America alone

    Trump has already withdrawn the United States from other UN agencies -- such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) -- and from such landmark agreements as the Paris climate accord. The latest threat to end US involvement in the WHO appears to be an attempt to divert attention from his own incompetent response to the Covid-19 outbreak, which, at the time of writing, has already infected more than 1.5 million Americans and killed more than 93,000.

    My fear is that, even with a new administration, the process to restore America's reputation and influence on the international stage may be slow: Perceptions evolve, alliances shift and politicians and professionals move on.

    It is a sentiment shared by Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, who served as the US envoy to South Korea, Russia and NATO and is the former deputy secretary-general of NATO. He told me: "Even if the Democrats retake the White House, it's going to take a lot of time to rebuild the habits of American leadership and to rebuild the confidence and trust on the part of our traditional allies that has been forfeited with the coronavirus and the pulling out of the WHO.

    "I think that the attitudes that have been reflected in this policy of abdication of leadership now have deep roots in some parts of the American body politic and it's not going to be easy -- even with a change of administration -- to go back to the way things were," said Vershbow.

    The global competition for Covid-19 resources

    The United States also finds itself alone in its approach to develop a lifesaving Covid-19 vaccine with an America-first policy. Just ahead of the WHA, more than 140 world leaders and experts signed an open letter pushing for a patent-free "people's vaccine" that will be free and produced at scale.

    The effort, dubbed "Operation Warp Speed," could cost the US government hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a senior administration official. The official said it's a financial risk if the doses are ineffective, but worth it.

    However, even if the US-led effort succeeds, the collateral cost could not only be a stronger China but also a diminished international stature for the United States and a regrettable loss of goodwill from other countries and multilateral bodies during the next pandemic or global crisis.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/opinions/world-health-assembly-xi-trump-bociurkiw/index.html


     
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    China's COVID-19 vaccine to become global public good when available: Xi
    Source:Xinhua Published: 2020/5/18 19:03:50
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    A staff member displays samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at Sinovac Biotech Ltd., in Beijing, capital of China, March 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)


    COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good, which will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday at the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly via video link.

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1188705.shtml



    Meanwhile, america pursue egoistic and self centered in their vaccine policy also trying to get benefit from that even at the expense of their own allies life, like in Germany and French cases

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    New Asia Power Index shows Japan and India lag behind in regional influence, US Think Tank already Warns US that China's power closing in on US. let see in the geopolitical power balance, it looks like potentially creating tensions between countries and increasing the risk of war.
    China already brought Australia into his skin
    https://globalnews.ca/news/6881066/coronavirus-australia-china-inquiry/
    China also Issue warning to US police dog India
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com...aggressive-posturing/articleshow/75924455.cms
    China already issue warning to US Navy vessel in south china, which gives china pretty good control East Asia
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-says-it-expelled-u-s-navy-vessel-south-china-n1196261
    I think China Finish the unfinished CPEC as soon as possible to gain the regional influence and creat strong connectivity that US and his ally left no option but join it and accept china superower
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  4. Daniel808

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    Japan don't have any political influence, only some economic influence.

    Just look at in south east asia geopolitics.

    Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar all have closer relationship with China than US.

    Thailand also move closer to China in recent years [become The Largest China Arms Customer in south east asia, give green light to China's Kunming-Bangkok High Speed Rail (via Vientiane)]

    Vietnam, phillipines, indonesia, malaysia stays in the middle, even have dispute with China, they don't want to get dragged too closer to US camp because they have closer economic relationship with China, don't want make any trouble with China
     
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  5. Viva_Viet

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    We will cover SCS ( east VN sea) wt sea mines when US or CN fall into chaos.

    Lets see if u guys still can survive and pass our sea mines first, then talk abt who is the leader later :lol:

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    I think the only issue is US pet dog India in India Ocean but china already build an artificial island in the Maldives created enough worry for Indian influence.
     
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    Congrats conquering those unvaluable reef :lol:

    But both China, conquering the largest island with Freshwater source (under UNCLOS can generate 200 mile EEZ) :enjoy:

    Taiping Island in Spratly (ROC) and Yongxing Island in Paracel (PRC)

    Don't forget about CPEC and CMEC also.

    Mark my word, If that poor india dare to disturb CPEC and CMEC, China will come :D
     
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    China is currently the new leader in world biological weapons stage.
     
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    Dude. Some cheap machines will solve the drinkable water problem...but No US-CN-ASEAN ships can pass our sea mines :lol:

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    But if CNN posted what would be perceived as a negative article about China, most of the same people here would be calling it “fake news”
     
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    China has potential but in position to challenge the US
     
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    What South East Asia geopolitics ? You dont have any clue on it. Dont mislead people here. ASEAN reject China nine dash line in SCS after adopting Indonesia proposal on Indo Pacific concept last year. It means, instead of being absorbed by China influence like what you try to imply, ASEAN instead challenging China.

    ASEAN reaffirms international law as basis for sovereignty in South China Sea
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      Jakarta / Sat, January 18, 2020 / 03:56 pm
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    Foreign ministers of ASEAN: Malaysia's Saifuddin Abdullah (left to right), Myanmar's Union Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin, the Philippines' Teodoro Locsin, Singapore's Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam's Pham Binh Minh, Brunei's Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan bin Mohd Yusof, Cambodia's Prak Sokhonn, Indonesia's Retno LP Marsudi, Laos' Saleumxay Kommasith and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi pose for a group photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Nha Trang on Friday, Jan. 17. (AFP/Nhac Nguyen)

    ASEAN’s top diplomats have reaffirmed the need to respect international law amid concerns over tensions in the South China Sea, where Chinese vessels have repeatedly violated other countries’ sovereign rights.

    The regional bloc’s foreign ministers were in the coastal city of Nha Trang in southern Vietnam on Thursday and Friday for a closed-door retreat session, where they candidly discussed national and regional concerns, including the situation in the highly disputed South China Sea.

    The meeting marks the first ASEAN meeting under the chairmanship of Vietnam.

    Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said all ASEAN countries voiced their concerns on land reclamations and serious incidents in the South China Sea.

    He called for countries to enhance mutual trust, "exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation", as well as pursue peaceful resolutions of disputes in accordance with international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    “We reaffirmed that international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, is the basis for determining sovereignty, sovereign rights and legitimate interests over maritime areas. We further reaffirmed that the 1982 UNCLOS is the overarching framework of legal order for the seas that must be respected by all countries,” he said in a statement after the meeting.

    The ASEAN ministers did not mention China in their document on Friday, but the statement is an apparent reference to China, whose sweeping claims to the South China Sea were based on the so-called "nine-dash line" and were already invalidated by a 2016 international arbitration ruling favoring the other claimants.

    https://www.thejakartapost.com/seas...-appointed-as-pgn-president-commissioner.html

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    What to Expect from Indonesia’s Indo-Pacific Push in 2020?
    It’s time to take Indonesia’s Indo-Pacific push seriously.

    By Karl Lee Chee Leong
    March 06, 2020

    As disclosed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi last November, Jakarta will be hosting the first Indo-Pacific Infrastructure and Connectivity Forum this year. The Forum will be the manifestation of Indonesia’s Indo-Pacific cooperation concept, which received ASEAN’s backing in the form of an “Outlook on the Indo-Pacific” last June. Indonesia and ASEAN’s formulation is different from the U.S.-Japan Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision. The Forum thus provides a chance for ASEAN to take regional politics, security, and economic development back into its own hands. This is especially crucial considering the ongoing, wide-ranging U.S.-China strategic rivalry in the region.

    Several principles of the Jakarta-led Indo-Pacific cooperation concept — namely, openness, transparency, and upholding of international law (rules-based order)

    https://thediplomat.com/2020/03/what-to-expect-from-indonesias-indo-pacific-push-in-2020/

    How come Indonesia influence is smaller than Singapore ? The analysis is made by Australian Think Thank that try to undermine Indonesia geopolitics power.

    Here is the official opinion from USA

    U.S.-INDONESIA RELATIONS

    Indonesia is a vital partner in the Indo-Pacific Region and U.S.-Indonesia relations have taken on increasing importance. Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy, largest Muslim-majority country, the seventh-largest economy by purchasing power, and a leader in ASEAN.

    https://www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-indonesia/
     
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    Why bring old january lip service news?
    The reality in the field right now,
    even vietnam, indonesia, and malaysia keep beating between each other in SCS

    This news from May 2020
    And you expect Cambodians, Laotian Burmese, and Thais even Singaporean who don't have any dispute with China to take fight and confront China for your dispute in SCS? :lol:

    WET DREAM

    If this kind of news posted by Chinese Media, your kind will say propaganda, liar, fake news :blah:

    Gladly, one from hundreds paid writers in CNN realize their mis-conception about China. Good
     
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  14. Viva_Viet

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    U nid lots of education. Laos supported VN against CN since 1979 war cos Laos leaders r Vnese of half-blood Vnese :lol:
     
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    Meanwhile Trump and his fellow Americans drinking Clorox. :D
     
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