Johns Hopkins University in New York has produced a chart showing COVID deaths per million people in thirteen nations, some of them being the largest in the world. Among them, the U.S. is the second worst, and China is by far the best. The U.S. has been having nearly 2,800 COVID deaths per million people, and China has been having only a mere three COVID deaths per million people.
These COVID statistics leads one to wonder if democracy’s freedom, exhibited by its emphasis on human rights, is failing drastically at curtailing this pandemic whereas China’s communism is emerging as quite the victor at it. In fact, China’s President Xi has been publicly touting communism over democracy in light of these statistics.
It is still generally believed by experts that this pandemic COVID-19 began in China sometime late in 2019, although it was not discovered as such until February, 2020, perhaps in the mega-city Wuhan. At first, China’s governmental authorities downplayed this coronavirus and did several things about it that experts believe were a coverup. COVID statistics that China produced early during the pandemic were questioned as to their accuracy. But eventually, China worked harder than any nation to contain its COVID-19. It even passed stringent laws requiring local authorities to submit accurate data about COVID cases and deaths, even reportedly imprisoning people caught lying about it. That is why it appears that for quite some time now, statistics that the China government has made public about its COVID cases and deaths are generally considered by medical authorities worldwide as accurate.
However, the government shutdowns of society in combating this pandemic has caused commerce to suffer considerably worldwide. One reason is that world commerce is interconnected so much now and greatly dependent on export and imports between nations, most of this transport of goods happening by maritime shipping.
Since China has been the leading exporter of manufactured goods in the world, trade experts claim that China’s extreme shutdown measures in fighting this coronavirus has contributed immensely to the worst global supply-chain disruptions that world commerce has ever experienced. Thus, it seems that this ought to be taken into consideration when assessing the value of shutdown measures. What commerce is learning from this is that in the future, nations ought not be so dependent on at least imports. An example is that the U.S. is now seriously working toward building more of its own semiconductor industry instead of relying so much for these vital components being manufactured in, and shipped from, China.
What do you think?