Episode from the podcastThe New Yorker Radio Hour

Life After Lockdown, and the Politics of Blaming China

Released Friday, 29th May 2020
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Since January, Peter Hessler has reported from China under quarantine. Now, as restrictions lift, he tells David Remnick about his return to normal life; recently, he even went to a dance club. But, although China’s stringent containment measures were effective enough to allow a rapid reopening, one scientist told Hessler, “There is no long-term plan. There’s no country that has a long term plan.” Back in Washington, Evan Osnos explains how blaming China for its sluggish response—and insisting that it cost lives worldwide—has become a touchstone of the Presidential race in America. The candidates have found a rare moment of agreement that it is time to get tough on China, and that their opponent is weak.
I thought it will be a narration from the perspective of the west, but interestingly, a western who is living in China and easing 2 daughters with his wife. Peter is diplomatic with his answers which make sense as he abides by the laws of the country he resides in and if his opinions are deemed too controversial, he will he asked to let go. Such a treatment is not exclusive to China; all countries will flex muscles against non abiding expats. He pointed out the measures implemented in China to control the spread of the disease which is quite surreal and frankly European, USA, and maybe Canada won’t be able to achieve 1/2 of what China accomplished thanks to the broad laws of privacy. In China, your privacy is not important when national security is at risk, something that is promoted in many countries as it can lead to abuse of authorities (China, again ). Will we return back to normal ? Unless we are exposed to COVID-19’s second wave, I doubt that anyone can relax.
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