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Over-Reactions to the Coronavirus: A Chinese View on the War of Words and Geopolitical Competition   [open html - 0B]

From the Article: "The coronavirus is a common threat to the public health of all human beings. But it is not wise to over-react. The virus itself must be taken very seriously indeed. But the geopolitical competition that also is a feature of this crisis should not lead to an ever more intense war of words. Great powers are blaming one another and have launched into a war of conspiracy theories. They tend to over-politicize the actions of their rivals, which leads to blurring boundaries between public health and geopolitical competition. And as governments seize the opportunity to prove their own effectiveness while criticizing their counterparts, blind arrogance and poor willingness to cooperate are the result. Such over-reactions will ruin the foundation for multilateral cooperation which alone can solve this global pandemic."

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2020-05-05
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Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations
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