As I have said before, China has a history of making herself look like an insane tyrant that ends up in her becoming more isolated from her neighbors.
Recently, China tried to appear “tough” on the US in an article, published in Chinese on Xinhuanet and reprinted by Zero Hedge, by threatening to withhold life-saving medicines manufactured in China from the US unless she “apologizes to China”.
US government officials, such as Secretary of Commerce Rose, US Secretary of State Pompeo, and US White House Economic Adviser Navarro, have publicly gloated over China’s new crown pneumonia epidemic, saying that the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in China is good for the United States and will help companies return to the United States.
It also called on companies around the world to consider the risks of China’s supply chain. Even the infamous “Wall Street Journal” published an infamous article “China is a real patient in Asia”, and the “New York Times” in the United States also published a document condemning the closure of Wuhan in China as a violation of human rights. The American culture of falling rocks is really shameless. Today, Feng Shui is taking turns, and the United States has become a victim of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. At this time, China has not fallen into rocks and has not condemned the United States. At this time, the United States should recognize its mistakes. Apologize to China for your actions.
The punchline? If China retaliates against the United States at this time, including a travel ban or a strategic restriction over medical exports, America would be “plunged into the mighty sea of coronavirus.”
Xinhua notes that “most of the drugs in the United States are imported,” and that “most masks in the United States are made in China and imported from China,” an that if restricted, the US won’t be able to take “the most basic measures to prevent the new coronavirus.”
80% of present medicines consumed in the United States are produced in China. This includes Chinese companies and foreign drug companies that have outsourced their drug manufacture in joint ventures with Chinese partners. According to Rosemary Gibson of the Hastings Center bioethics research institute, who authored a book in 2018 on the theme, the dependency is more than alarming. (source)
Now before one becomes too upset, this could be exactly what the US wants.
If China refuses to provide the medicine, the Chinese will be blamed for “killing Americans”, and there will be some reason for this.
It will make China look like a fool more so that what she already does before the entire world.
It will cause manufacturers not to trust China, and will result in a divestment of business, after this virus passes, to any nation other than China, of which her biggest competitor is India.
The very fact that Chinese media put this article out just goes to show how weak China actually is, and how dangerous of a game she is playing right now.
China may think she is acting tough, but she is not. She is being a fool and if she is not careful, and she may have already overstepped her boundaries, find herself becoming isolated and conquered again as it has happened in the past so many times before.