US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — China comes to its senses and begins to produce goods. The country now urgently needs to compensate for what is lost in two months. China understands that now is its golden time: its main competitor in many respects, India, is completely closed and produces nothing, the market is free and hungry. Chinese firms are now the only ones who will be ready to fill any vacuum with any goods in quarantine.
China still lives by special rules. It seems to be running public transport again, the streets are again filled with people, this week domestic flights were resumed. And yet fear, which has not let people go all these days, compels them to observe the rules of social distance now. Entrances to the Wuhan market are still blocked, sellers carry goods to special fences that separate them from buyers.
But still the barriers are no longer being built, but dismantled. This week, President Xi Jinping traveled to several Chinese regions at once, showing his country and the world that the restart of Chinese industry was in full swing.
Xi Jinping , Chairman of the PRC: “The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has always paid particular attention to small and medium enterprises. We have adopted a package of support measures and will help you improve the economy. ”
Wellness remains the main theme. Since importation of infection from other countries is officially considered the main danger here, all efforts are now directed at controlling those entering. But here, China reports on successes. The first patient was discharged from those who arrived in the country infected after the epidemic had waned.
And in other countries they are trying to understand how China has managed to cope with the infection so effectively and whether its methods are applicable in other states. The measures are already clear: total isolation, iron discipline and selfless labor.
Frederic Kek , Director of the Anthropology Laboratory at the French National Center for Scientific Research: “The religious and philosophical tradition of Confucianism is strong in China , which requires us to follow the rules of the community. She approves and justifies the sacrifice of many, many for the good of the whole community. Even, for example, to sacrifice the lives of doctors when it comes to protection against coronavirus.”
China really managed to mobilize immediately, but many of its neighbors were really scared just now. In the Philippines, people are trying to call for self-isolation, scaring coffins – albeit fake ones. The inscriptions on them read: “Stay home or be inside.” In this country, against the backdrop of quarantine, riots broke out.
Rodrigo Duterte , President of the Philippines: “Observe the quarantine! Otherwise, I will not hesitate to order the police to shoot the violators.”
But more recently, when the virus was already raging in China, Asian neighbors , clearly not understanding the extent of the threat, gave their citizens good advice. In Indonesia, the Minister of Health suggested that coronavirus will not be picked up by those who get enough sleep and exercise regularly. “Just don’t overdo it,” he said. In Myanmar, according to loudspeakers, it is announced that seven peas of pepper under the tongue will be saved from the coronavirus. And the head of the government of Cambodia generally said that he would expel anyone who appears at work in a mask. Like, there is nothing to sow panic.
Now, in all these and many other countries – quarantines, isolation and emergency measures. But it is clear that it is not always possible to follow the same rules.
Ashok Swain , Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University: “The authorities act differently everywhere . For example, India also introduced strict quarantine measures, almost the same as in Wuhan. But the problem is that India is technically prepared for a long quarantine much worse.”
Indeed, the situation in India is very different from the Chinese. On footage from Wuhan, there are empty streets equipped with all the necessary hospitals and assistant robots . In India, there are still traffic – clogged roads, policemen trying to drive people into houses with sticks and strange theatrical performances. One of the activists dressed up in a death suit in an oblique, smeared with black paint and intimidated people in the streets with shouts of “I’m a demon from China!”
Sonu Saini , Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University: “The biggest problem in India is education. Half of them simply do not have it, none, while others leave much to be desired. Many are not conscious. If they don’t understand what danger this virus poses, they are unlikely to ever understand it.”
In Japan, where there are relatively few sick people, on the contrary, they rely on consciousness and a special social etiquette, which does not imply a handshake and, all the more, a hug at a meeting. Here, without coronavirus, it is customary to wear masks at the slightest sign of malaise. Finally, here, unlike many Asian countries, there has never been a shortage of water.
Moriyama Takashi , sociologist: “The Japanese are taught from school to wash their hands thoroughly and rinse their mouth as a preventative measure for seasonal flu. In addition, many Japanese have long been carrying sanitizers every day. And these habits were very useful in the situation with coronavirus.”
In Thailand, which is now also quarantined, its own scandal erupts, undermining the foundations of society. The king, who in this country is not just a ruler, but a kind of icon and object of veneration, amazed and enraged his subjects. In the midst of the epidemic, Rama the Tenth flew to Germany, where, as journalists managed to find out, bought all the rooms in a luxury hotel and settled with 20 of her concubines. Even for Asia, it looks a bit too much.
But otherwise, regardless of local identity, the problems in Asian countries are common. One of them is the sharply increased demand for medical products. In so many countries, sellers speculate with masks and other personal protective equipment. And in some states, these goods are even included in a special list, equating them to strategic ones, like fuel.
China, faced with this first, now already has these strategically important reserves. For them, even a struggle developed between Western countries. This week it became known that a batch of professional masks intended for doctors and ordered in China by Germany was intercepted by the Americans. US authorities have already bought millions of masks from the French and Canadians. And sometimes this happened right before the departure of goods from China.
However, China itself seems to be far from these problems. Here, as elsewhere in the world, they are fighting to create a vaccine against the virus. It is possible that Beijing will again be in the lead. Clinical trials here began two weeks ago, and soon the Chinese are already hoping to get the first results.
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