Gao Hong (THE CHARHAR INSTITUTE)
The 2020 annual session the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, kicks off on May 21. The session was postponed for more than two months due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic. China has made a great headway in the epidemic prevention and control. Meanwhile, global pandemic containment has entered a crucial stage.
Against this backdrop, Gao Hong, a CPPCC member and a researcher with Chinese Academy of Social Science, shared his views with CPPCC Daily on the advantage of China’s governance system amid the fight against COVID-19. He also elaborated how a community with a shared future for mankind is significant during this period. An edited excerpt of his remarks follows:
Advantage of China’s governance
The novel coronavirus epidemic broke out during China’s Spring Festival, a period of the country’s largest movement of population. The epidemic spread rapidly throughout the country and new cases registered exponential growth.
At this critical moment, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee took an array of measures to contain the source of infection, cut off the transmission channels and carry out comprehensive prevention and control. Local and prefectural governments built solid anti-epidemic lines of defense in response.
The whole nation united in fighting against COVID-19 in solidarity, and with the passage of time, the situation improved. Domestically, the peak of this round of the epidemic has passed and China has entered a stage to revive its socioeconomic development while containing the epidemic. The CPC has played a kernel role in the course to make overall planning and coordinate all parties, which fully demonstrates the institutional advantage of the socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Significance of building a community with a shared future for mankind
The pandemic has no borders while love spreads across borders. The novel coronavirus is not only the enemy of China; it is a common enemy of humankind.
Since the outbreak, China made great sacrifices and took decisive measures to lock down a 10-million-population city to cut the source of infection, uniting the whole country and people to combat the disaster.
The global outburst further highlighted the importance of building a community with a shared future for mankind, which is a historical choice for coping with the current and future global issues.
The Chinese Government should hold a comprehensive, objective and reasonable view on the control measures of some countries while try its best to support other countries.
China and Japan team up to contain COVID-19
When China was grappling with the novel coronavirus disease, some countries had given a helping hand. The Japanese Government, enterprises and its people provided epidemic control and prevention materials in a timely manner to meet China’s urgent needs.
After the virus spread across Japan, China also tried its utmost to offer help. Experts from the two sides held teleconferences to exchange tactics and experience, and Chinese citizens in Japan delivered free masks on the streets, rewarding Japanese people’s amity in various ways.
The basic policy adopted by Japan partially contains lessons learned from Wuhan's epidemic prevention work, but Japan has taken a completely different approach from China.
Japan conducted pre-diagnosis, personal precaution and gave priority to serious cases, which was determined based on its political system and medical system. Private non-profit hospitals in Japan account for more than 80 percent of the total, with only over 1,800 public hospitals. In addition, there are about 100,000 specialty clinics in the streets of communities. Moreover, private hospitals are under group management, so information can be shared among branches. Intractable diseases can be addressed through remote expert consultation centers, which greatly reduce the expenses. These are the advantages of the Japan’s medical system. However, whether the above measures could cope with large-scale infection remains uncertain.
Copyedited by Madhusudan Chaubey
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