China offers its AI technology to diagnose virus the world over

XIE HAO/FOR CHINA DAILY.At the State Council's March 25 media briefing, Ministry of Industry and Information spokesman Xie Shaofeng said more than 20 AI systems were used in hundreds of hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and other regions of China, helping diagnose thousands of cases

Countries should follow China’s lead in using blockchain

A view of an industry forum to release a serivce standard on the application of blockchain technology on tenomic data in 2019. (Photo: Global Times)Domestic industry players are urging the wider use of blockchain technology in the global fight against the worsening coronavirus pandemic, saying that other countries could learn from China s effective model under which the government leads and enterprises participate.Insiders said that to boost the use of the new technology, governments in foreign countries should step in because they are rarely visible in such projects at the moment.China has deployed blockchain technology in numerous scenarios to assist its efforts to fight the virus, for instance, in tracking the spread of the disease and compiling medical records, as well as managing charitable donations and medical supplies, and financing for small and medium-sized companies that are affected by the fallout from COVID-19.China has taken the global lead in applying blockchain technology in gathering and sharing information about COVID-19, which offers a lesson for other countries, an industry insider who declined to be identified told the Global Times.Public information showed that as of the end of February, at least 26 blockchain epidemic prevention applications had been launched in China, covering a wide range of fields such as information about charity work and the epidemic itself, charitable donation management, epidemic prevention material management, and corporate financial services.In contrast, most blockchain applications abroad remain limited and mainly centered on basic information sharing, according to the industry insider.The insider noted that as part of the epidemic prevention effort, governments at all levels in China have actively engaged in or launched blockchain projects themselves, which helped fast-track the technologys wide application. But in foreign countries, local governments are usually absent from such projects.Many local author...

Post-pandemic international relations could change for the better

(Photo: Global Times)The COVID-19 pandemic has so far swept the world and many countries have declared a state of emergency. The pandemic has had a tremendous influence on the entire world and people are already considering the impact it will have on international relations.Indications are the pandemic is very likely to trigger a global economic crisis. If so, globalization and international relations will see fundamental changes.Economic globalization is characterized by the smooth flow of personnel, capital, trade and information, but global health and the environment have not received sufficient attention. As a result, globalization is handicapped by the COVID-19 outbreak. With its fatal flaw coming to light, globalization must undergo profound adjustments. Otherwise, some countries will embark on a populist journey, which would create even more volatility in the worlds economy. Globalization will need to incorporate new elements like human health, nature and the environment. High-quality enterprises will be attracted to countries with effective public health mechanisms and good environmental standards. These countries will then take the lead in globalizations new processes, and their ideas and development model will be respected by other countries and regions.The COVID-19 will help redefine legitimacy in international relations. The prevention of the pandemic once triggered an argument over democracy and sovereignty. In face of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, people will have to learn to play down ideology and sovereignty. Hopefully this will become a universal principle in the field of public health security.If a country succeeds in both overcoming the virus and making a contribution to easing the worlds situation, its prestige is sure to be enhanced and its diplomatic concepts will prevail.The pandemics huge threat to the world calls for improvement in international public health. The global governance system must inc...

Law equal for Chinese and foreigners

(Photo: IC)A short video clip showing anti-epidemic staff roughing up a foreigner who refused to wear a mask had gone viral on Sunday. On Monday, the police in Xian citys Yanta district said the foreigner had violated Chinese laws on epidemic control and public security and therefore they told him to leave China within a stipulated period. The foreigner had left by Tuesday.The whole affair involving the foreigner and the anti-epidemic staff was dispensed with in less than 48 hours-displaying the inviolability of Chinese law and the determination of its enforcers.It is legally binding on anyone living on Chinese soil-whether local or a foreigner-to wear a mask in public during the novel coronavirus outbreak. The viral video even showed the foreigner picking up a stone and hurling it at the anti-epidemic staff while screaming at them.It was not clear if anybody suffered injuries, but such an attack could have invited criminal charges. Undoubtedly, the foreigner got the penalty he deserved, putting to rest rumors that foreigners enjoy "super-national" status in China, and escape penalty despite creating public disorder because some local police want to avoid trouble. The case in Xian is the best example that nobody breaking the law in China goes unpunished.As globalization deepens, China will more frequently be hiring personnel from overseas, making foreigners a common sight in every corner of China. That should not make a dent on strict enforcement of the law, which is necessary to maintain social order in the country.

US should focus on pandemic, not politics

Few people are seen on a street in New York City, the United States, March 19, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)According to data released by the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University, the COVID-19 death toll in the US reached 4,081 as of press time, surpassing Chinas. The US reported more than 900 deaths in 24 hours, leading other countries in terms of new daily deaths. These are really sad numbers.Washingtons mishandling of the epidemic has made Americans pay the price. But given the strength of the US and its ability to coordinate international resources, the country still has a chance to avoid the widely predicted worst-case scenario and save more lives.Due to national conditions, the US government has yet to form a national mobilization that is needed to battle the novel coronavirus. Although the US has adopted social distancing, it has not been carried out resolutely. The US federal government has been wishing to reopen business by April 12, Easter Sunday, reflecting its serious misjudgment, which will certainly not lead to the right direction.After having announced the $2 trillion stimulus bill, the US Congress is seeking a new $2 trillion on infrastructure. But as long as the virus is out there, no stimulus bill will work as planned. Washington needs to make more efforts to contain the epidemic, and the economy will revitalize again as soon as the virus is defeated.It is high time for the US to solidify domestic and foreign strength to combat the coronavirus. After what China has been through in the most arduous period, wed like to give some suggestions that are widely discussed in China.First, its better late than never. The US should immediately take highest-level restrictions on inter-state travel and traffic in cities hit hard by the virus, so as to limit the flow of people and close contacts among them. In the communities, unnecessary face-to-face contacts should be suspended, while people in cities with a severe epidemic...

Politicizing China’s foreign assistance does no good for global efforts against COVID-19

While China offers help and support to countries affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, some have attempted to politicize China’s assistance, following concerns over the quality of some Chinese-made equipment. In the case of the Czech Republic, some media reports claimed that the inaccuracy ra

Next few weeks are critical for fighting COVID-19 in Latin America

Latin America was the last to "receive" COVID-19 among six continents with permanent residents. It wasn't until February 26, when the virus raged across southern Europe, that people who frequently shuttled between the two places brought sporadic infections to Latin America. Only with the steep rise

Where is the praise for the Chinese people?

1 Hospital bid farewell to medical supporters from Tianjin upon their leaving in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, March 21, 2020. /Xinhua Coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak concerning China has been very binary. The overwhelming focus on discrediting the government deprives th

The chips are down

The White House in Washington DC, the United States, March 27, 2020. /Xinhua It was announced this week that the Trump administration was bringing forward its latest wave of punitive action on Huawei, the Chinese technology giant. While sanctions on China have negatively impacted the US econo

Translating to help counterparts elsewhere fight the pandemic

Some medical students in Shanghai recently formed a team to provide subtitles to the video of a conference on first-hand experience about treating novel coronavirus patients. The idea was to share clinical findings by medical workers who treated novel coronavirus patients on the front line with over

Welcome to the post-virus world

(Photo: CGTN)We live now in the post-virus world. For the United States, passage into this world came suddenly, less than a month ago. The world as we knew it before the arrival of COVID-19 has gone. It is never coming back.Once you reconcile yourself with this reality, many things become clearer, including how to resist the current onslaught, how to fortify ourselves against the darker days that still await, and how to reopen the economy responsibly. With the right understanding, we can rebuild appropriately, with greater resilience and more fairness.At the start of 2020, we believed random mass death did not stalk the Earth. For most of human history, infectious disease was a constant threat, and the struggle against it was an essential element of human civilization. By the mid-nineteenth century, science began to gain the upper hand against afflictions such as cholera.In the early 1900s, Europeans learned how to limit the damage from malaria and yellow fever, at least for themselves. Penicillin and streptomycin were deployed in force during the 1940s. Childhood vaccinations for smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox soon followed.Over two centuries, roughly from the invention of inoculation against smallpox to its eradication, science rose to dominate the environment. To be sure, new diseases emerged – beginning in the 1980s, for example, when HIV/AIDS devastated some communities and countries. But the prevailing view was that such health emergencies – while needing resources and demanding attention – were not central to the organization of our economies, our societies, and our lives.The global impact of COVID-19 makes that view obsolete. Random mass death is back, and this reality will now dominate everything, for two reasons.First, and more generally, this is not the first coronavirus, and it is one of several lethal variants to emerge since the turn of the millennium, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syn...

Ill-intentions behind criticism of donations that links current shortages in Australia

Residents do shopping in the supermarket Costco in Canberra, Australia, March 4, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)The COVID-19 pandemic is indiscriminately afflicting the world, requiring all countries to maintain concerted efforts to combat the disease, rather than stirring up racial hatred and ideological conflict.In late January, the rampaging COVID-19 outbreak in China required medical professionals and the whole society to fight the spread of the coronavirus even though there was a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) including surgical masks, protective suits, and even latex gloves. During these tough times, governments, organizations, businesses and individuals from around the world came to the rescue to provide invaluable resources and support.As a scholar observing Australia affairs, I was well aware that when Wuhan was battling the virus, the Chinese community in Australia was eager to help. A Chinese-language news program produced by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation reported that the Chinese community in Queensland had purchased 20,000 protective suits which were sent to Hubei Province in early February.To the dismay of many Chinese people in Australia, the Australian newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald, published two reports on March 25 and 26 respectively, which maliciously distorted facts and context by unfairly and falsely correlating the early-stage emergency aid to Wuhan by some businesses in Australia, to the current shortage of masks and other sanitizing and medical supplies in Australia.The first report claimed that the Chinese property giant Greenland Group sourced bulk supplies of medical items to be shipped back to China in January and February, while the second report stated that another Chinese company, Risland, flew more than 80 tons of medical supplies on a corporate jet to Wuhan in late February.The donations were sensationally described by other Australian media outlets as "raiding and draining"...

Fire tragedy must not be annual event

A forest fire spreads in Southwest China's Sichuan province, March 31, 2020.One year ago to the day, 31 people lost their lives in a desperate attempt to put out a rapidly spreading wild fire in Muli county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province.Our deepest condole

Symptomless spread requires attention

A medical worker teaches a patient who contracted the novel coronavirus pneumonia to do acupressure massage to help him recover at the Wuhan pulmonary hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, March 19, 2020.This has brought to people's notice the question of how asymptomatic infections can be tracked and

Cooperation and coordination for now, and for the future

Saudi officials attend a video conference of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia on March 23, 2020.It is good to see that after a video conference hosted by Saudi Arabia on Monday, the G20 ministers of trade and investment have issued a joint stat

Observer: Make health insurance affordable to help people against outbreak

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies globally, careless preparation and strained medical resources of some governments are blamed for the current dangerous situation.The claim is partly right. The shortage of doctors and supplies to fight the disease is a common challenge faced by any country in the early days. It takes time to coordinate multiple departments to focus on the production of medical equipment and transferring relevant staff.The issue is who pays for it and how. The war of curbing the COVID-19 costs mounting efforts of all the frontline heroes, but perhaps wipes out peoples savings if health care is not properly handled.Lets illustrate it with the the United States, which in normal times has public health care for the most vulnerable, while the majority of citizens choose diverse private insurance plans. But when times are not normal, the gaps are highlighted in the limited coverage of health care.The direct consequence is the high price for the virus test and treatment, as commercial health care providers continue to favor revenue over the patients. Even now CDC testing is free under the governments guidelines, but a hospital trip and other treatment procedures still cost thousands of dollars. FAIR Health, an independent healthcare nonprofit organization, recently released a report, showing that uninsured Americans with COVID-19 would pay an estimated average of $73,300 for a 6-day hospital stay.Its getting more complicated when numerous healthcare plans overlapped and troubled patients. According to a report from Business Insider, 2 million people who live in the 14 states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will fall into a coverage gap. They are not eligible for Medicaid, but are also ineligible for federal subsidies that make health insurance affordable through the national exchange.“They’re doing healthcare to make money, not to take care of people,” said Dr. Judd Hollander, an emergency medicine ph...

‘Commitment, competence, and readiness’ turned the tide in China’s virus fight

Robert Lawrence Kuhn Photo: Courtesy of Kuhn Editor's Note: The coronavirus is posing an increasingly tough challenge to the entire world. What can China's successful experience offer. Consider the parallel factors: First, the operational leadership of the Communist Party of Chi

China and EU need to fight virus together

LI MIN/CHINA DAILY Combating the novel coronavirus outbreak is now the top priority of almost all countries across the world, with Europe becoming the new epicenter, followed by the United States, of the pandemic. To be honest, the difficulties faced by European countries can be attribut

Patients ought to reflect on medical fraternity's sacrifice

Tao Yong, an ophthalmologist at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, and three of his colleagues, were injured when a former patient attacked them with a knife on Jan 20.After two months of treatment, Tao, who had suffered hand and head injuries, appeared on an online medical service website's livestreaming p

Handle return of native students carefully

The rapidly worsening situation around the world due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced many countries to close down schools to curb the spread of the virus, which has affected Chinese students studying there, particularly those in the worsthit countries and regions.Aside from the threat p


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