Given the growing distrust of China across most Western countries and in many other parts of the world, it is hardly surprising that the calls to disengage with China are growing. It is equally unsurprising that Washington is now beginning to take steps to reduce its dependence on China for its pharmaceutical requirements. There is a growing awareness in other countries that they, too, are at great risk because of their dependence on China for their medical supplies. India, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and others have clamped down on exports of masks and other protective gear over worries that their own supplies will fall short. It is likely that they will take future steps to reduce their dependence on China for pharmaceutical goods.
- Recognising China’s duplicity in managing the coronavirus pandemic, Western countries are beginning to challenge its narrative and policies.
- Faced with China’s intellectual property theft, double standards and attempts to coerce, many Western countries are re-evaluating their relationships with China.
- That re-evaluation could potentially lead to the erosion of globalisation itself.
- At a time when the Chinese economy is faltering, the rejection of globalisation would spell doom for China’s economy and its plans to become a world leader.
- More importantly, its leaders recognise the danger that the situation poses to their continued rule.