Under the Same Sky
First and foremost, we would like to begin by paying tribute to the healthcare workers and first responders around the world for their relentless efforts in dealing with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts are with them, and with all the individuals, families, and communities affected by this crisis.
We open this edition of Digest with China-US Focus Editor-at-Large and World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador James Chau, who shares his personal thoughts on the ongoing outbreak, which at this moment in time seems far from over. It continues to take lives, ravage economies, cause panic, and in some cases, foster hate and division. Based on his expertise in global health, Chau’s observations are somber, yet hopeful.
Other Focus contributors featured in this issue provide insights and explore the impacts, far and near, of the pandemic on global growth, humanity, geopolitics, and global governance. Their commentaries shed light on how the worldwide fight against a largely unknown virus is opening a window of opportunity for China and the United States to narrow their ever-growing rifts, and how that window is quickly closing.