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By Thomas Hon Wing Polin
In fighting COVID-19, protecting its people and helping the world, China has so outclassed the floundering West that it is downright embarrassing. That became clear to independent-minded onlookers almost as soon as the virus landed within the Democracy Empire, after invading China.
The Chinese outperformance is also an unbearable affront to entrenched Western notions. Out the window went not only supremacy, but plain competence. In the face of the direst threat in memory to human life, the Empire’s ballyhooed neoliberal, capitalist democracy is failing miserably.
For Western — especially US — authorities, such unpalatable truths must be denied, covered up. Following the Trump regime’s lead, the entire agitprop apparatus of the West has redoubled its efforts to smear China, seeking to blame it for a myriad COVID-related “sins.”
Indeed, the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t assault on China is virtually unprecedented in its virulence and comprehensiveness. The stakes are high. The blitz is no less than a cynical, systematic bid by the Empire to shape the post-COVID world to its own preferences.
So the US-led attempts not only seek to deny China’s heroic success in COVID-fighting and buying precious time for the world. They perversely twist the narrative to blame China for withholding information from the Western countries, hampering their anti-virus efforts.
Such a gross distortion serves two related purposes. The first is to distract attention from Western governments’ own abject failure to protect their own populations from coronavirus ravages. In other words, a simple shifting of the blame. For Donald Trump, that’s especially important as he is up for reelection later this year.
The second reason is that US leaders want to exploit the COVID crisis in their ongoing campaign to demonize China. That’s a key prong of their multi-dimensional assault on the Asian giant. They want to convince the world that Chinese “secrecy” and delay in releasing viral information were behind the disastrous outbreaks outside China, not their own complacency and ineptitude. That’s a complete reversal of the truth.
Even longtime critics of US foreign policy don’t remember a time Washington has stooped so low. Having lost its ability to lead constructively, the once-mighty Empire has stooped to being a spoiler, a petty destroyer rather than a builder.