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  • James Chau, Host of The China Current

    Feb 21, 2020

    When Dr Soumya Swaminathan was appointed Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, she became the first-ever person to achieve this role. In the COVID-19 outbreak, she offers not only the skill and experience from 30 years in clinical care and research, but the ability to translate that into impactful programs shaped by equal parts of science and compassion. Last week in Geneva, she gathered the best in global science and R&D funders at a WHO meeting – as part of a wider action plan for the people of Wuhan, and beyond. But, as the weeks speed up, is there enough time to make a lasting difference?

  • Ma Shikun, Senior Journalist, the People’s Daily

    Feb 19, 2020

    Accolades flow from around the world as an unparalleled effort is made to contain the epidemic. Many countries offer to help as the central government pledges transparency.

  • Lawrence Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics, CUHK

    Feb 16, 2020

    Just when the daily number of newly confirmed COVID-2019 coronavirus cases seemed to have levelled off in China, it has an unexpected steep jump, from 2,015 to 15,152 on 12 February, or more than 750%. The overwhelming bulk of the increase came from the Province of Hubei, where the number of newly confirmed cases increased from 1,638 to 14,840 on 12 February.

  • Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

    Feb 12, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis represents the single biggest challenge for Xi Jinping since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012.

  • Zizhu Chen, Summer 2019 Intern, Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum

    Feb 12, 2020

    China leads the globe in plastic waste output, at 28 percent of all plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans. It is essential that China increases its vigilance about recycling and utilizing single-use plastic products, targeting industries like food delivery with particularly high outputs.

  • Karen Mancl, Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University

    Feb 12, 2020

    The spread of African swine fever is likely to extend beyond China’s borders and become a global issue. The U.S. would benefit greatly from collaborating with its long-standing trade rival to combat the disease that has been wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

  • Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government , Claremont McKenna College

    Feb 12, 2020

    While much remains unknown of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Beijing’s response to the public health crisis can be characterized by a lack of decisive action at the crucial initial stage of the outbreak, followed by aggressive corrective measures.

  • James Chau, Host of The China Current

    Feb 11, 2020

    Interview with Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer,Chef de Cabinet and Assistant Director-Generalof the World Health Organization,on the outbreak of novel coronavir

  • An Gang, Adjunct Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University

    Feb 08, 2020

    The epidemic will end, and when it does, China and the United States should build on the positive things that flowed from it. Cooperation need not wait for an invasion by Martians.

  • Lawrence Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics, CUHK

    Feb 08, 2020

    In 2003, during the SARS crisis, I was still living in the U.S. In March of that year, based on data on the occurrence of newly confirmed cases since the first SARS case was identified in Guangdong in December 2002, and taking into account the isolation and quarantine measures then in place, I predicted that the epidemic would end in June, which it actually did. How did I manage to do so?

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