Observer: US future remains bleak as COVID-19 death toll surpasses 200,000

The US has hit another bleak milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday when the death toll topped 200,000, by far the highest in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.The real toll is thought to be much higher, as many COVID-19 deaths were probably blamed on other causes, especially when there was no widespread testing in the US.Seven months have passed since the first known COVID-19 death was reported in the US on February 6, during which time the US government could have bent the curve of deaths downward.The reality is that the Trump administration squandered every possible opportunity to contain the pandemic, leaving an average of more than 850 people dead from the disease every day."The idea of 200,000 deaths is really very sobering, in some respects, stunning," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US top infectious disease expert, said on CNN.Truly, the death toll of 200,000 is not a cold, abstract figure, but vibrant lives who once lived on this planet.Dr. Fauci had predicted and warned as early as in March that the pandemic could take away 200,000 lives in the US, but the administration just ignored his warning, and some officials even accused him of fear-mongering at that time.CBS News reported that science has to rule the day; otherwise mistakes will be made, causing more lives lost. The Associated Press used harsher words, describing the grim milestone as "unfathomable," citing an emergency physicians words that the US failed miserably in the test of COVID-19.It seems that not only the US media and public health experts are disappointed at the US containment of the pandemic. The countrys allies are also frustrated as a recent survey by Pew Research Center shows the US has seen a sharp decline in its reputation among its key allies and partners, reaching record lows, partly because of the countrys bad handling of the pandemic.After all, there is still no unified national plan to contain the disease— no contac...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly via video on September 22, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)Editors Note:Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered a virtual address at the General Debate session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Trump groundlessly slandered China from the beginning and nearly half of his speech was directed at China. Xi, by sharp contrast, hailed multilateralism and rejected both hot and cold war. How to understand the addresses by the two leaders? What messages did they convey to the international community? Three Chinese experts shared their views with the Global Times on these issues.Jin Canrong, associate dean of the School of International Studies, Renmin University of ChinaThe US has topped the world in terms of the numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths. Instead of reflecting upon himself, Trump made China the scapegoat of his domestic failures as he spoke at the UN General Assembly. Any one sensible in the US and in the world (and those who believe in science) will not be played as a fool with this slanderous speech.Trumps words are indecent and disregard diplomatic etiquette. It was bizarre behavior for him to vent his own sentiment toward another country while touting his own alleged achievements, especially on multilateral and diplomatic occasions. This is particularly true when he needs cooperation badly.His speech at the UN General Assembly can be seen as a part of his election campaign that only caters to a domestic audience. As the US society is highly divided, Trumps supporters may buy into his wired logic. Internationally, US followers, such as Australia and Canada, both of whom are Five Eyes allies, may echo Trumps talking points too.Sun Chenghao, an assistant research fellow at the Institute of American Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International RelationsXi said...

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Professor Kerry Brown said the COVID-19 pandemic has been a great leveller, and that the most prudent response should be one of humility. (Photo: CGTN)In an almost 3,000-word article titled "Why the West Needs to Stop its Moralising against China," British sinologist Kerry Brown argued that "knowledge, humility, and honesty will be the things that help the outside world deal with the historic challenge of Chinas rise."Brown, a professor of Chinese studies and director of Lau China Institute, Kings College London, called for a mindset revolution – particularly in Europe and America."We are part of a world which is way flatter now, and we have an obligation to improve our knowledge and understanding of places which think very differently – that will be confronting and challenging, but because of the enormous balancing in terms of the economy and all sorts of areas, it isnt something we can avoid," Brown told CGTN."We have to be pragmatic. Its not about liking or disliking another place, its about knowing enough about it to know what you can or cant deal with it."Brown highlighted a problem: many places in America and the UK at the moment may have an opinion about China – but not a lot of knowledge."I think there needs to be an acknowledgement that as of today, broadly, Chinese people probably think and understand more about the outside world, than the outside world often thinks about China," he said."And I think thats what I mean about humility – this assumption that the world begins and ends in Europe and America has long been invalid."I joked that "knowledge, humility, honesty" are words that could be used to describe a couple, a friendship. Brown said relationships between two countries, no matter how big, are people to people. "If it cant change at an individual level, how can it work on a larger level?"We should stop urging others to be lik...

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The latest official statistics show Chinas economic recovery accelerated in August, as retail sales rose for the first time this year by half a percent from a year ago, value-added industrial output climbed 5.6 percent, and exports by 9.5 percent.This indicates a brighter economic prospect as well as prominent outcomes in Chinas efforts to coordinate epidemic containment and socio-economic development.Some western media attributed Chinas recent economic recovery to its measures of enhancing domestic consumption, and even said that the new development strategy -"dual circulation"- is a sign that China is turning its back on the world.This interpretation, however, is completely at odds with what the new policy is about.The "dual circulation" development pattern, a concept first mentioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping in May, means a new development mode takes the domestic market as the mainstay, while letting domestic and foreign markets boost each other.This dual-cycle development mode is never a closed domestic loop, but an open dual-cycle of domestic and international growth.On various occasions, President Xi has reiterated the opening of the economy, drawing in foreign investment and treating foreign businesses equally.Take the latest meeting to deepen Chinas overall reform. President Xi stressed the "dual circulation" development pattern, pointing out that China will continue to promote the innovative development of foreign trade, implement new development concepts, focus on building a new development pattern, enhance supply-side structural reforms and technological innovation, further promote trade facilitation and optimize the foreign trade environment.It can clearly be seen that the formation of this new development pattern is a strategic decision made in accordance with Chinas development stage, environment and conditions."The Chinese economy has entered a new phase of development featuring a dual ...

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