Western leaders lost their self-confidence, and their counterparts in Russia and China rubbed it in by spreading the message that these disorganised democracies were a spent force. Then something completely unexpected happened: both Russia and China went too far.
The unexpected result of Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine was an indirect conflict with NATO and the West.
A pandemic caused by the omicron mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus could have been avoided had China not maintained that it was smart enough to have its own local answer to a pandemic, leaving millions of Chinese unprotected or with inadequate protection. As a result, Shanghai and portions of 44 other cities in China have been shut down, affecting an estimated 370 million people.
The West has lost its self-confidence, and Russian and Chinese leaders have rubbed it in, spreading the message that these unstable democracies are a spent force. They are not alone in this message.
Russia and China, On the Other Hand, both Went Over the Top.
The unexpected result of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was an all-out conflict with NATO and the West. However, by insisting on its own local solution, China left millions of Chinese unprotected or underprotected and effectively invited a conflict with one of Mother Nature’s most virulent viruses—the omicron mutation of SARS-CoV-2. As a result, Shanghai and portions of 44 other cities in China have been shut down, affecting an estimated 370 million people.
Both Moscow and Beijing are now confronted with far more potent and unrelenting systems than they ever expected to deal with, to sum it up: The wars are also highlighting the flaws in their own systems to the rest of the world and to their own people. Consequently, the globe today faces the threat of instability in both countries.
As a result of its economic success and the pride it has produced, China’s leadership appears to believe it can fight a pandemic on its own. With its own vaccinations instead of importing superior ones from the West, as well as its extremely efficient system of totalitarian control,
China decided on a “zero Covid” policy that included restricting travel, conducting mass testing, and isolating anyone or any area where Covid-19 had been detected. Getting through the epidemic with fewer deaths and a more open economy would send a strong message to the rest of the world that Chinese communist is better than American democracy.
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