China’s Procrastination could be a Global Fatality

President Xi is welcoming while President Trump is adamant whereas President Putin is indifferent while Prime Minister Johnson stands admitted in hospital. The world is without any leadership to check the pace of pandemic at large. No one knows how or when it would end. One thing which has turned out as of now from the US-Chinese sets of COVID-19 management, is that making quick and prompt decisions reverberate good and favorable results. Shakespearean Procrastination and Platonic cogitation are surely not the traits applicable in these coveted COVID times.

Chinese decision making apparatus has exhibited dealing COVID-19 more successfully than that of US. Is COVID-19 here to settle, beside many other things, the long chanted brawl of Democracy vs Dictatorship as models of statecraft? If that be so, it is Xi, the Dictator, winning over Trump, the Democrat, at least for the time being.  

Of all the global responses to COVID-19 containment, China led the world by safely confiscating the pandemic from becoming as lethal as in Europe or now in US. For all the sensible purposes, all the roads now lead to Beijing in taking the world out of this deadly quagmire of human strife but for utterly crazier political purposes; the US stagnancy in blocking the Chinese experience is unleashing the COVID-19 wrath on Americans and Europeans unprecedentedly.

China was slammed, slandered, scandalized and mocked when Wuhan was twitching to the COVID-19 capsids and US took it for another Chinese charade and refuted the global lockdown and such other measures as deeming them Chinese hatcheries to counterfeit the US global interests simultaneously accusing China of delaying the world to know the impeding crisis. Associating the COVID-19 as Chinese Virus was the immediate loss of marbles that US hit in their wild anti Chinese conspiracy framework.

President Xi’s call for collaboration in the drive against the pandemic was never favorably replied due to very commonplace reasons. Had US responded agreeably to the Chinese call, it would have down toned the undisputed status of US global reach out. The cooperation for joint pandemic management would have required reliance and reliability which Washington had always been skeptic of Beijing. The American apprehensions of China ultimately grinding its axes for political reasons globally kept US away from working together with no alternate US strategy whatsoever in responding to COVID-19 itself.

The Trump hysteria of refuting easing out sanctions against Iran and now by threatening the WHO with fund cuts and dire consequences at such crucial times proved once more that there perhaps was a fickle thin line between insanity and democracy which Trump blatantly trespassed under his swampy boots. Pentagon which is supposed to be planning containing the pandemic might be busy drafting an Invasion Strategy of International Organization such as the United Nations. One might witness the United Nations turning back to being the League of Nations.

Truman never knew if the Little Boy he was dropping on Hiroshima could successfully detonate into an armament of collateral damage or could it just turn into a stupid dud but the decision had to be taken against all controversies and he did. This time around, it seems President Xi has taken the decision at the right time with the right post decision management paraphernalia and the people of the world except Trump are beholding him as the prospective Leader of the world. It seems Democracy, as means to running successful governments and States, as interpreted and sold out by the US since fifty years of globalization has both failed and bankrupted amid such exceptional times where prompt decisions count more than anything for success.

China must not wait for US sense to prevail as it seems impossible under Mr. Trump. What must immediately do is to come forth and save the world on its own. The global death toll is increasing and Chinese procrastination at such time is not rational. US role in leading the world out of this scuffle is long forgotten as they still skirmish amongst themselves in scandalizing the Chinese leadership, scientists and researchers with accusations of Chinese concealment of facts and their delay in timely informing the world of COVID-19. It is time for China to lead the world and act promptly by placing in full swing its infrastructure of global diplomacy by activating the China Model, China’s Uniqueness, SCO, AIIB and the Doctrine of Belt and Road which seem to be the only instruments of saving the humanity these times around. 

Muhammad Jahangir Kakar
Muhammad Jahangir Kakar
Civil Servant and independent analyst freelancing based in Quetta, Balochistan