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American scholars: China's unreliable WHO gives politics over public health

American scholars: China's unreliable WHO gives politics over public health


Speaking of the political impact of Wuhan ’s pneumonia, the American Hoover Institution scholar Oslin said, “Can’t believe China ’s words anymore”, said Chen Renyi, a Taiwanese American who had served in the Bush administration. Put it on the public guard. "

The Hoover Institution of Stanford University held a policy briefing via video tonight, inviting Michael Auslin and Lanhee Chen through an online meeting to discuss Coronavirus disease 2019, the impact of China and politics (COVID-19, China and the Political Fallout) to answer questions, chaired by Tom Gilligan, director of the Hoover Institution.

Oslin first said that the latest US classified intelligence report stated that China concealed the number of coronavirus diseases (COVID-19, Wuhan pneumonia) infections and deaths in 2019. He said that the most important message of this intelligence is the first official data admits that we can no longer trust the news released from China or the Chinese government.

Oslin is a Hoover Institute scholar who studies contemporary Asia, and his latest book ,Asia's New Geopolitics (Asia's New Geopolitics) will come out in May this year.

He said that On one side China tells the planet a version of the story, on the opposite side it knows the reality .Purely trusting Beijing will put us during a crisis situation. If another pandemic or other situation breaks out, the results are going to be unimaginable.

The host asked in the words "China Virus", What benefits does the Communist Party of China get from this epidemic?Oslin said that the image created by China's long-term foreign publicity are going to be destroyed if the reality is told But if China is transparent from the start , the surface world can properly praise China for its help.

I believe that the Chinese government's argument is harmful to global health and wellness, said Oslin. China uses its economic growth to enhance its political influence, and presents distorted stories with agenda setting time.

Chen Renyi is a public policy expert in the United States, a double doctorate in political science and law from Harvard University, and his parents are immigrants from Taiwan. In 2012, he served as the policy director of the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign team; in the former president George Bush (George) W. Bush) During his tenure, Chen Renyi was a senior politically appointed official of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Chen Renyi said that The World Health Organization (WHO) is just too vulnerable to the influence of Member States, especially China's influence", and therefore the WHO focuses on politics instead of public health.

Chen Renyi cited Taiwan as an example. The experience of facing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from 2002 to 2003 enriched Taiwan ’s information and helped the epidemic, but the World Health Organization continued to block Taiwan ’s entry. This will not be recommended by public health. The answer, the best answer is that no matter what your political position is, the more information you share, the better. Unfortunately, the WHO puts politics on the public health. 

Chen Renyi criticized that the World Health Organization had "broken", which can be seen during the Ebola virus outbreak that eventually killed 11,000 people in West Africa in 2014. The world has no confidence in WHO's ability to do its job well. WHO's problems include opaque decision-making and no one is responsible for decision-making. In recent weeks, it has become more clear that China has influenced WHO's leadership and decision-making.

He said that the above-mentioned phenomenon was particularly deadly for this epidemic. At the beginning, the WHO fully accepted China's saying that no people will pass on people." It has always praised China's efforts to deal with the epidemic. It is believed that the new coronavirus will block China. Until March 11, the WHO announced that the epidemic has become a pandemic. At that time, the virus had spread to 114 countries and infected more than 100,000 people.

Chen Renyi believes that the information provided by China in the early days does not reflect the critical situation, and other countries such as Taiwan have issued warnings. Unfortunately, many people did not expect the challenge of the epidemic to be so serious. Compared to Taiwan ’s travel ban, its strong public health infrastructure, its ability to track cases and effective testing, the United States initially had no such time and testing resources.

Chen Renyi said that Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore are very encouraged to wear masks. The United States has not widely encouraged wearing masks, especially medical personnel. The mask resources are not enough, but now the United States has begun to encourage wearing masks.

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