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From Terrified to Triumphant — How China Flipped 2020

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From Terrified to Triumphant — How China Flipped 2020

It was the worst way to start a year for China. On the New Year’s eve of 2020, Chinese social media were full of rumors about re-emergence of SARS virus from 2003. Chinese New Year was about to begin in three weeks, which would involve hundreds of millions of people traveling all over the country. Xi Jinping had already warned Chinese officials a month earlier that the US-China trade war and sanctions would make 2020 a very challenging year. Now an unknown virus was about to decimate the economy and shred the China dream into pieces.
Worse, as time went on, China was not only left alone to fend for itself, but the anti-China forces piled on with Psy-ops. Social media attacked the Chinese people and blamed them for “eating bats” — a popular video of a Chinese blogger eating a bat soup went viral, although it turned out that she had the soup three years earlier in an island (Palau) thousands of miles away from China. Pundits and politicians gloated on TV that the pandemic would help the US and bring China to its knees. Trump bragged that the U.S. was the best prepared country in the world to face a pandemic.
US media, filled with Shadenfreude, kept saying “deadly coronavirus” (until it spread to Europe and the US) and shouted out malevolent things to mock and frighten China:
China was accused of lying and hiding everything — origins and nature of the virus, how prevalent the virus was, how many were dying and so on. Even though China had warned the WHO on Dec 31, 2019 and released the full genome of the novel coronavirus by Jan 11, western media keeps repeating that China hid some truths about the virus. (Never mind that the SARS-Cov-2 virus was spreading in the U.S., as well as in France, Italy, Spain etc. all through December).
Twitter and Facebook in January and February were full of fake videos showing Chinese people collapsing and dying on Wuhan streets. When Chinese mobile companies lost 21 million customers in March, Americans shouted that all those people had died from COVID. Western journalists who were allowed to visit Wuhan wrote only gloom-and-doom stories. Later, even US politicians were spreading conspiracy theories about the virus escaping from a Wuhan lab. Chinese people living in the West were being physically assaulted by xenophobic and ignorant idiots.
It was a lonely, heart-wrenching, and an incredibly frightening moment for China. But the country ignored the judgmental, cruel world and came together as a family. That’s what Confucianism and collectivism (a core principle of socialism/communism) are all about.


China’s Incredible Response
China did the only rational and scientific thing possible: completely shut down Wuhan and even Hubei province (with 57 million people). Tens of thousands of doctors, nurses, volunteers, and even PLA soldiers were sent to Wuhan. People were restricted from leaving their homes; and communist party members volunteered to deliver food for millions of people. Doctors wore diapers and worked 14 hours a day, while sweating inside the suffocating PPE. Hi-tech corporations came to the rescue with drones to deliver food, robots to deliver medicines, big data to detect clusters, and AI to read CAT scans. The inimitable construction workers of China built two new hospitals in two weeks. People with mild symptoms were put in stadiums and college dormitories to stop the spread of the virus.
Everyone in China did their part. Corporations built mask and PPE factories in a week; and workers slept in those factories for weeks to ramp up production. Within a couple of weeks, Chinese scientists built huge labs that could do hundreds of thousands of COVID tests per day. Doctors worked meticulously, exploring different drugs — including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) — to treat the new virus; and scientists were racing to develop vaccines. When big cities like Shanghai and Beijing had to shut down for 2-3 weeks, everybody cooperated and followed the guidelines. Later, when there mini outbreaks — like in Qingdao and Xinjiang, China would test millions of people in under a week. Test, trace, treat — China followed the basic principles.
After 76 days of incredible human drama, Wuhan came out of lockdown. Thanks to China’s “authoritarian”, “draconian” and “human rights-violating” measures, China had contained the pandemic and was ready to roar.
Meanwhile, the world was just coming out of its delusion. Having wasted precious three months gloating about China’s suffering, America started plunging into COVID19 lockdowns in April. The rest is history. By the end of the year, the USA had 20 million confirmed cases and 350,000 deaths.
Looking at COVID-19 deaths per million, China was 3 and the U.S. was more than 1,000.
This is how China ended 2020 — with celebrations and large parties of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:
China’s other impressive achievements in 2020
Xi Jinping and Beijing officials must have spines made of steel. In spite of the horrifying events of the year, Chinese officials kept working on their individual objectives. Here are some commendable and unbelievable achievements of China in other areas:
Economy
  • China is the only major economy to have GDP growth in 2020 and the biggest growth in the next two years.
  • Opened up the financial services industry to Wall Street’s delight. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, BlackRock, you-name-it all eagerly opened up numerous ventures in China.
  • Signed two landmark trade deals — RCEP and CAI.
    • RCEP is the world’s largest free trade agreement (FTA) — with 15 Asian countries accounting for 30% of world’s GDP. It’s also the first time that Japan and South Korea have FTA with China.
    • CAI is a China-EU investment deal. While the incoming Biden team tried to stop the deal, Germany quickly wrapped it up just before the year end.
    • In both these treaties, notice that the U.S. is left out. Now, China is even ready to join TPP, which Trump quit.
    • In 2021, China’s contribution to the growth of world economy/GDP will be more than 33%, according to OECD/IMF forecast.
    • Eradicated extreme poverty for the first time in China’s history! Zero percent, including Xinjiang and Tibet. That’s real human rights.
  • Donated countless number of masks, PPE, ventilators and diagnostic test kits to countries all over the world. Chinese experts traveled all over the world to train doctors and nurses. China donated and exported about 40 billion masks and 12,000 ventilators to the U.S. Some countries like Italy were very grateful.
  • Had record exports and trade surplus.
  • Stock market (CSI 300 Index) up 48%
  • Yuan up almost 10% from pandemic lows (from ¥7.18 to ¥6.52 per $1)
  • Record Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • World’s #1 in IPO’s
  • Surpassed the U.S. in global Fortune 500 list (124 v. 121). (link)
  • Surpassed the U.S. as the European Union’s largest trading partner. And also surpassed the EU in GDP (not counting UK’s GDP).
  • China became the #1 automobile market in the world (for total number of cars)
  • Surpassed the U.S. to become the #1 box office in the world
Technology
  • Installed more than 700,000 5G base stations, accounting for 80% of the world’s market share. Next year, China plans to install another 600,000 5G base stations!
  • Went to the moon and came back with lunar samples in just 23 days! (Chang’e-5)
  • Sent a spacecraft to Mars (Tianwen-1)
  • Had the most number of vaccines in Phase 3 trial; successfully tested in many countries like Brazil, Turkey, UAE etc. Approved Sinopharm vaccine for use; and have promised cheap vaccines for developing nations (while the US and Europe have refused to do the same).
  • Announced that China will reach carbon neutrality by 2060.
  • Tested digital Yuan/RMB (DCEP) in many cities. This lays the groundwork for internationalization of Yuan in 2022.
Infrastructure
  • Controlled the massive floods that ravaged vast regions of China for many weeks. (Predictably, western media and many social media citizens drooled about the possibility of the Three Gorges Dam crumbling and destroying China).
  • Increased the high-speed rail (HSR) network to about 39,000 Km.
  • Xiongan Smart City made tremendous progress, including a new bullet train station
  • Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) kept advancing. Turkey is now linked to Xian, China. More than 1,200 freight trains per month link 92 European cities to China.
Here are are some photos of driverless (a.k.a self-driving or autonomous) subway trains, new metro stations/lines, battery-powered trams, highways, and bridges that China built in 2020. (Ask yourself why America can’t afford such luxuries anymore).
Geopolitics
  • China quietly stopped Hong Kong’s insurgents and put an end to U.S. shenanigans. Beijing called out Washington’s bluff about sanctions and passed the National Security Law, which also kicked out American spies and the fake NGO’s like NED, which specialize in brainwashing and color revolutions.
  • In the midst of all these problems, America’s vassal states — India and Australia — saber rattled in ominous ways. However, the border conflict with India was de-escalated, while letting both sides save face. Australia was spanked very hard as a warning to other vassals. If Australia slips into a recession, the next Prime Minister will be a lot less racist and uncouth. And perhaps Australia will be more careful about committing war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
  • China also made a momentous and long-term deal with Iran, cementing China’s influence in the Middle East.
  • Reasonable success in thwarting the persistent atrocity propaganda about Uyghurs in Xinjiang. China’s new extradition treaty with Turkey in 2020 should help capture some Uyghur terrorists who are fighting in Syria alongside of ISIS and Al Qaeda.
  • Trade deals RCEP and CAI have strengthened China’s inclusion and ties with Europe and Asia, thus diminishing America’s chances for proxy wars. The vision of Eurasia became much clearer in 2020.
  • Military drills and more strategic alliance with Russia in 2020 should improve china’s security posture.
Conclusion
If your neighbor’s house is on fire, you should help them. In Jan/Feb, the U.S. gleefully watched China burn and bragged about American exceptionalism. That’s when the US and the EU should have given generous aid to China to contain the pandemic. Then, from April on, western societies refused to learn anything from China. Filled with hubris and undeserved overconfidence, the West kept fumbling for months. Incompetent governments and irrational public couldn’t agree upon simple things like wearing masks or even if COVID-19 is real.
As the West imploded, China soared to the skies.
To put it succinctly, China had a stellar year. And with Trump’s loss, the U.S. is more polarized than ever before. By the time Biden’s administration gets its geopolitical strategy together, everyone from Asia to Europe would see the writing on the wall — that China will inevitably be the #1 economy soon. 2020 started out as a terrifying year, but ended up as the most pivotal year that sealed China’s unique status in the 21st century.
 

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So much drama over some flu. Chinese just gave us the opening episode and we continue to write the story like idiots. Should have ignored it like any other flu epidemic and keep carrying on.
 

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The virus exposed the US as a corrupt, incompetent plutocracy where the elites give zero fucks about small businesses or the common man but maintain control through a divisive and massive propaganda machine that specializes in generating anger and hatred, throughout the world and particularly within American borders. Very sad.
 

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I think it's necessary to translate what they sing:
I love you, Zhong Guo! ( China )
I love you, Zhong Guo!
I love your vibrant seedlings in the Spring,
I love your golden fruits in the Autumn.
I love your honourable quality like a straight green pinaster,
I love your strong morale like a red plum.
I love your hometown sugarcane, which likes milk, warming my heart.
😊😊😊😊😊
 

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As an American, I'm genuinely envious of China. They got together and helped reduce the spread of COVID. Meanwhile here, you have people thinking its a "hoax"
 

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The covid19 virus was not originated from China. It was firstly found in China because China experienced SARS and west countries did not. Chinese people and doctors are very alert and have deep fear to SARS alike diseases. When westerners got infected by the virus, they thought it's a flu. No one cared about it. But when the SARS alike symptoms was found in China. Horror immediately arose among the whole society. The country had to immediately response to the disease.

Fast response to a disease is a good thing. But it could be used by your enemy.
 

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This video touched me, two good comrades, unfortunately great Trump can't work more, hope the bigPom continue to make contributions.
Big Pom will likely continue as a televangelist.
The covid19 virus was not originated from China. It was firstly found in China because China experienced SARS and west countries did not. Chinese people and doctors are very alert and have deep fear to SARS alike diseases. When westerners got infected by the virus, they thought it's a flu. No one cared about it. But when the SARS alike symptoms was found in China. Horror immediately arose among the whole society. The country had to immediately response to the disease.

Fast response to a disease is a good thing. But it could be used by your enemy.
Experts used to believe that the US was readiest in the world for an epidemic.

I guess they were wrong.
 

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The virus exposed the US as a corrupt, incompetent plutocracy where the elites give zero fucks about small businesses or the common man but maintain control through a divisive and massive propaganda machine that specializes in generating anger and hatred, throughout the world and particularly within American borders. Very sad.
Through "culture wars"
The covid19 virus was not originated from China. It was firstly found in China because China experienced SARS and west countries did not. Chinese people and doctors are very alert and have deep fear to SARS alike diseases. When westerners got infected by the virus, they thought it's a flu. No one cared about it. But when the SARS alike symptoms was found in China. Horror immediately arose among the whole society. The country had to immediately response to the disease.

Fast response to a disease is a good thing. But it could be used by your enemy.
"Just a flu bro"
 

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2020 proved to the World who the real powers are. I do not doubt China anymore. You can put us down, ridicule us or insult, we will keep marching on. Last hurdle is semicon fabrication and advanced turbofan.
 

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Chinese are basically copying what Americans used to be

China leap frogged during COVID
 

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