China’s decision to undergo an impartial investigation when the coronavirus pandemic ends reflects its concern to shed light on a confusing and traumatic episode, the transparency of which has been questioned by some countries, including the United States.
There is no doubt that the Covid-19 has caused great international wear to China, a country that is shaping up to be the great economic and technological power of the 21st century.
In the midst of a colossal fight with US President Donald Trump, Beijing designed a diplomatic and commercial strategy to protect itself from the accusations launched by the tycoon about its supposed inability to alert the world before the appearance of the new coronavirus.
This week, without going any further, the head of the White House, showing his usual verbiage, said that the “incompetence” of the Asian country caused “a worldwide slaughter”.
“The controversy over the origin of the virus is encouraged by the United States with this super-politicization that Donald Trump made of the pandemic, to somehow cover up the disaster with which the White House managed to fight the virus,” he told .. Pablo Giusto, director of the Chinese-Argentine Observatory.
The analyst pointed out that, obviously, China is “the scapegoat for a conflict that had been going on since before the pandemic”, and recalled that “there is consensus in the international scientific community that the virus was a natural mutation, as it happened with six other previous coronaviruses. “
As for Beijing’s decision to undergo a thorough investigation when Covid-19 ends, Giusto said, “At first, China was cautious about this because it felt unfairly on the bench for the accused.”
“We know little of what happened in those first weeks about the origin of the virus. So it is logical, at some point, this concern of the international community,” he said.
In early February, several European newspapers seemed to ask the same question: could the epidemic have been prevented if the Chinese authorities had acted earlier?
Other questions point to the communist government preventing Wuhan doctors from raising the alarm about this disease, which has already caused more than 331,000 deaths, almost 93,000 of them in the United States alone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) .
On April 16, during an interview with the British newspaper The Financial Times, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, asked “not to be naive” in the way that China handled the coronavirus crisis.
“A lot of things have happened that we don’t know about,” said the president.
And on April 21, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an international investigation to determine the origin of the coronavirus, which China says originated from a live animal market in Wuhan in early December.
Following Morrison’s remarks, China retaliatory suspended meat imports from the four largest Australian companies, including JBS Australia, which account for 35% of shipments to that country.
Beijing is Canberra’s first trading partner, both in exports and imports.
For the Chinese government, the Australian initiative is motivated by Trump’s criticism of Beijing.
The United States, for its part, maintains that China lied about the origin of the disease and noted that the WHO had a “bias in favor of China”, which is why Washington suspended funding for that humanitarian entity.
Everything changed, however, when on May 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared himself ready for a comprehensive review of the response to the pandemic, when the virus has finally been eradicated from the planet.
Xi insisted that his country has always had “an open, transparent and responsible attitude” and once again rejected the criticisms made by the United States.
This week, China took another critical step to solve the health crisis: it banned the sale and consumption of live animals in Wuhan, including the popular pangolin, a species of highly prized meat-eating, insectivorous armadillo.
But the competition between the two overlaps is at the time of day.
In a message released in Geneva at the World Health Assembly, President Xi promised that China’s experimental coronavirus vaccine will be “a global public good.”
While Trump is aggressive, even criticizing his allies like Brazil (he said he analyzes banning the United States from flights from that country, the second with the most cases of coronavirus), Beijing exhibits a position of a friendly country on a global scale.