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China issues white paper on COVID-19 fight

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China issues white paper on COVID-19 fight

What to study?

For Prelims: Overview and key mentions.

For Mains: Relevance of this white paper, what’s the issue and how it should be dealt?

Context: China has issued a white paper on the country’s battle against COVID-19. The document is titled “Fighting COVID-19: China in Action.”

The paper explains:

China’s prevention, control and treatment efforts in the battle against the virus, as well as the efforts made at a global level in international cooperation.

Highlights:

  • From early outbreak to an all-out nationwide effort to save as many lives as possible, the Chinese Government has taken the most comprehensive, the strictest and the most thorough prevention and control measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
  • China has made full use of the weapon to win the battle against COVID-19.
  • It has vowed to continue advocating globalization and multilateralism amid the coronavirus pandemic and in its aftermath.
  • It has released information on COVID-19 in an open and transparent manner as required by law.

What’s the issue?

US president Donald Trump and leaders of several countries have accused China of not being transparent in reporting the deadly disease, leading to huge human casualties and economic crisis across the world.

Recently, the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of Geneva-based World Health Organisation (WHO), passed a unanimous resolution to probe the origin of the virus. China also backed the resolution.

Impact:

The coronavirus has infected over 68,00,000 people and killed nearly 4,00,000 across the world.

The US is the worst affected country with over 1.9 million cases and more than 1,09,000 deaths, while the total number of cases in China stand at 84,177.

The global economy, which was in a sluggish recovery even before the coronavirus outbreak, is now bound to suffer a “severe recession” in 2020.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Locate Wuhan on Map.
  2. Types of Coronavirus which affect humans.
  3. UNSC- objectives and permanent members.
  4. Countries in the South China Sea region.
  5. Locate Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Sources: the Hindu.