SARAH SHARPE WRITES – The race to create the first coronavirus vaccine has begun. Both the United States and China have allocated billions of dollars to vaccine production in an attempt to “fast-track” the process. For China, this could bring international redemption and legitimacy. Already, over half of the human…Full Article LOOKING AHEAD: IS A CORONAVIRUS VACCINE OUR ONLY HOPE?
THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS COLUMN BY TOM PLATE WAS PUBLISHED EARLIER THIS WEEK BY THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST – No time to be polite: the most disgraceful and unnecessary deterioration amid the global health and economic crisis is the China-U.S. relationship that continues to sour. Casualties from a…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: THE MADNESS OF THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
RASHID AL ARMELI WRITES – With Coronavirus, all the movies about an AI (Artificial Intelligence) virus taking over suddenly became real. Until the news struck, all I thought about was what I was planning to do the next day. Suddenly the building I live in sent out emails about changing cleaning supplies…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: MACHBOOS, ANYONE?
JOANNE PANG WRITES — During these chaotic times of COVID-19 self-quarantine, people will turn to video games to beat boredom. Avid fans of Nintendo rush to their latest device, Nintendo Switch, which is a device that can hold a large number of games providing hours of entertainment. It has sold…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: A HEALTHY WAY TO DEFEAT YOUR PANDEMIC BLUES
ZHI JIAO DANIELLE GOH WRITES — As America enters its worst coronavirus week, it is time to start reflecting on how we ended up on this perilous peak. Herewith, a possible to-do list for the future of the universe: 1. Stop blaming The general public seems to have settled on the theory…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: SIX RULES FOR THE FUTURE
JASEM ALQINAI WRITES – The coronavirus pandemic that is currently devastating almost every country started in China. Many reports state that the virus first spread through the wet markets in the city of Wuhan. After tens of thousands of infected people died, the government felt it necessary to take strict…Full Article CHINA’S WAYS: STERN ACTION, OBEDIENT PUBLIC
ANNALISA DEL VECCHIO WRITES – I am an international student, a senior studying at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. I am Italian, and my roommate is Chinese. We share mutual sentiments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in our home countries. After the initial lockdown announcement in Los Angeles, we purchased…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: TO ITALY, WITH LOVE
STUART MULJADI WRITES — “The day the earth stood still” is the best way to describe the past couple of weeks. COVID-19 has divided countries, tanked economies and businesses and, worst of all, the virus has caused a shortage of the world’s supply of toilet paper. People’s daily lives are…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: MODERN HORROR SHOW – ‘THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL’
TOM PLATE WRITES – Adept moral leadership at the top, whether in Washington or Hong Kong, is central to any serious public-health strategy. ‘Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed on the world,’ famously wrote the poet William Butler Yeats in 1919. One hundred years later, here…Full Article TRUMP AND THE CORONA CRISIS: SCIENCE VERSUS UNREASON?
NICHOLAS WILCOX WRITES – As countries around the globe focus on combating the coronavirus by slowing their economies to a near-halt and hunkering down indefinitely, China keeps on grinding. In a move that experts in Beijing-Taipei relations are calling “unprecedented,” China carried out a nighttime military air exercise in close…Full Article TAIWAN: EASIER TO FEND OFF CORONAVIRUS THAN THE CHINESE AIR FORCE?
ASHLEY FLORES WRITES – Fear, anxiety, depression, and uncertainty are four words that many of us in the world are feeling right now. Don’t be fooled, though; this is also a time of love, cheer, warmth and mindfulness. Here’s how it all came down for me: February 3rd 2020, I’m…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: A COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETE SAYS ‘WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER’
SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES — I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at a well-known university in Los Angeles, California. I am set to graduate in a few months and move to Washington D.C. to work at a non-profit. Life was all planned and prepared, and as commencement neared, I gradually filled…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: A COLLEGE SENIOR PONDERS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS CRUEL CRISIS
OUR COLLEAGUES AT THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON NORTH KOREA WRITE — As COVID-19 intensifies in the United States and elsewhere, the North Korean response to the pandemic is fading from the headlines. However, NCNK is continuing to monitor the situation through regular contact with a wide range of information sources.…Full Article NORTH KOREA: HOW BAD IS THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IN THE HERMIT KINGDOM?
TOM PLATE WRITES – How bad will the global-corona epidemic get? ‘Only the future will tell.’ The problem with that lame cliché is that the future is not only with us now but – to scramble the possibilities – the future actually influences the past. Astrophysicist-author John Gribbin, whose challenging new book ‘Six…Full Article PANDEMIC CORONA: FUTURE ENEMIES AND FUTURE SHOCKS, IN QUANTUM VISION
TOM PLATE WRITES (VIA THE KOREA TIMES OF SEOUL) — As horrible as the coronavirus spread looks right now, it may not be the worst that faces us. My worry is that even after the epidemic begins its remission, what happens is that everything returns to normal. And that’s the…Full Article CORONAVIRUS ASIA: THE POTENTIAL PLAGUE OF COMPLACENCY