From where I sit, there are multiple possibilities, none exclusive, in rough order of probability:
Xi Jinping is taking this seriously
Virus jumped from animals, a normal evolutionary mutation, this too will pass — infection spreads with spit, wearing a mask is a sufficient precaution
Routine Chinese acceptance of unsanitary conditions — my top specialist in animal to human disease transmission says that putting various different species of animal in close proximity as in the markets at Wuhan is a surefire way to get disease outbreaks
The international media, controlled by MI-6 and CIA, is hyping the story to attack the Chinese with fake news
CDC is lying as a budget-building exercise
CDC is rushing an experimental untested vaccine into being, using the fake virus alarm as a means of taking vaccines toward genetic manipulation and control (DNA active vacines).
Chinese stole the virus from Canada’s bioweapons lab, and it escaped from there
CIA or US military spread the virus to spark havoc within China
A few additional links are provided below the fold.
I recently watched your interview with Stephen Arnold on China. I have some comments.
1) Deng Xiaoping was an important leader of China for a number of reasons, but the increasing role of people with an engineering background in upper leadership started with him. Xi Jinping has an engineering background:
DarkCyber believes that one need only look at the demographics of computer scientist, engineering, and mathematics students in MA and PhD programs to get a sense of where technology innovation is heading.
We can’t blame this on Trump. He inherited the problem, and he has no advisers who can help him understand the problem and find a solution. I can only think of four economists who could help Trump, and one of them is a Russian.
“Big Tech has already implemented their own “social credit score” system where they punish people for their political views by deplatforming them, censoring their websites and closing their PayPal/bank accounts,” writes Chris Menahan.
Imagine going to buy groceries with your credit card, but then having your payment declined because someone in an office in San Francisco thinks you posted something “hateful” on the Internet.
We cannot win a currency war through the use of competitive currency devaluations that trigger a “race to the bottom,” and we cannot win a trade war by installing competitive trade barriers that simply cut us off from the benefits of cooperative trade. More favorable to our interests and values than warring with our trading partners would be to cooperate in sharing solutions, including banking and credit solutions.
Phi Beta Iota: High school version of the concept, neglects fact that the US Government does not do holistic analytics or true cost economics, loves regime change as a pay to play profit center for the banks, and lies to the public every single day while the Chinese whip our ass world-wide using peace, commerce, and friendship, the Ron Paul playbook.
While this article was written prior to President Moreno’s December 2018 trip to the PRC (securing a new $900 million loan), you may find this article a useful sector-by-sector analysis of the relationship, with a comparison to China’s relationship with Venezuela and Bolivia, as well as discussion of President Moreno’s attempt to secure more equitable contract terms for his country.
The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment
To frame the nature of China’s impacts on the Latin America and Caribbean security environment, it is important to understand that the rise of the PRC is
simultaneously affecting the region in multiple interdependent ways, often indirect and unintentional. These include altering its economic structure,
changing the dynamics of the regional arms market, and contributing to transpacific organized crime, among other. Perhaps most importantly, however, it is also impacting the perceptions and calculations of political, military leaders and business elites in the region, non-state actors and others, and by affecting those perceptions, it is altering their actions and the dynamics of the countries in which they operate.