2020 Coronavirus from the strategic defense angle

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2020 Coronavirus from the strategic defense angle

Here are some of my high level thoughts with regards to the chronovirus issue affecting China and the broader implications in terms of the Chinese economy, development and outlook... While the current situation is still in some ways too early to form a definitive assessment, and the virus may or may not continue to mutate and spread even farther and faster etc, and as of this time its an open question whether or not ultimately this will spread massively to the rest of the world, given the already known knowns, here are three classifications in order of ascending severity that think the leadership of China should at least be cognizant of and perhaps formulate a dynamic plan given the emergent contingencies that have already played out, those that continue to evolve, and possible other threats on the horizon. I don't mean to be alarmists but sometimes its good to think about the worst case and how it might play out in order to better strategize to try and avoid some of the pitfalls.

1) Racism and resentment against China on a global level, perhaps most intense in some of the Western hemispheres as we have already beginning to see in some Dannish newspaper about "freedom of speech" to malign China etc painting a virus on the Chinese flag... This outbreak, regardless of root cause, may seriously stir anti-Chinese racisms sentiment in many parts of the world, creating fear of Chinese people/tourists, and basically a lot of finger pointing, fault finding, maybe some western powers will take advantage of the situation to use it as a jumping board to launch other international smear campaigns (now that the Huawei smear campaign has peaked in its effectiveness) against China and all things Chinese, and if other smaller and weaker countries less prepared to counter this virus threat than China eventually succumb heavily to this virus, it would stand to reason that these countries or their people may harbor resentment and become more wary of dealing with China or the Chinese in the future.

2) Rip and replace of China from the international system, from the world order and from the global trade/economy and worldwide supply chain as a whole. The US trade war with China and the US blocking of Huawei all had one thing in common as the main goal and that was to decouple from China, to erode or destroy the China/Huawei supply chain, and persuade its allies and vassals alike to stop trading or doing business with China. Not long ago Trump twitter commanded all US CEO to immediately move their factories out of China. The goal was to take China out of the equation, to isolate China economically, geopolitically and hegemonically etc and re-route the global supply chain around China, and to have the major players of the world move their own supply chains out of China. The trade war was not as effective as US hoped and in some ways it may have backfired. But now that the US sees China is being ravaged by this new novel virus, it will surely find ways to take advantage of the situation and reformulae its strategies to both contain China's rise and to isolate China on the world stage, including attempting to move the world to re-route supply chains, trade etc to completely bypass China.

3) Loss of C&C (Command and Control) and making the CCP Central authority ineffective, whilsts causing destablizations that lead to chaos that then spreads like Australia's uncontained wildfire to every region of the mainland China. As Steven Bannon had publicly hoped, this would "break the back of the Chinese CCP", and effectively open to the door to outside influence in terms of foreign external regime change. This virus, by effectively forcing China to lockdown and self quarantine itself from the rest of the world, and even segregating its own cities from each other internally, has not only become the very antithesis of China's globalization, BRI, and digital Yuan plans, but have indeed seemed to create the sort of environment that if not resolved may eventually lead to uprising of the citizenry. Ironically there is even a chance that Chinese government could overplay its hand and in some ways overcorrect for the virus, not only leading to broad criticsms abroad but also more importantly to situational contempt amongsts it own population... Realistically how much longer can Wuhan and Huebei continue to be locked down before people start to panic in mass? Before food starts running out and people go hungry? Or before Wuhan's economy gets destroyed and shattered to tatters and the people roit, uprise and revolt? There is no doubt that certain Western powers would like to see nothing more than for China to collapse from within, possibly even leading to a new Chinese civil war or worse. Or the virus could suddenly and mysteriously mutate into something far worse, potentially causing a civilization ending event, or at the very least if it is largely contained inside the borders of China then it may be responsible for effectively wiping out and ending the middle kingdom, one of the oldest civilizations on earth.


I hope to be proven wrong and to be shown that the outlook was too pessimistic. Maybe this ends up being just SARS times five or ten, which would be very significant and wipe out a lot of growth in China's GDP in 2020 but wouldn't lead to the world re-routing its global supply chain to go around and bypass China; that it would slow down China's BRI plan and 5G dream and other projects and initiatives --(such as the digital blockchain based Yuan that Huawei is helping Xi implement that could eventually help China de-dollar and might even lead to the bypassing of the SWIFT system, and that of the US petrodollar hegemony, etc etc etc)-- but that it wouldn't completely stop them; that it wouldn't lead to massive uncontrollable roits in the mainland cities as what had happened in Hong Kong etc; and that China would not be destablized nor would it lose its central command and control effectiveness or the worst cases like be ripe for outside regime change or even the bottom case of having its entire Han population wiped out...
It seems that just as the world is on the cusps of the greatest transition in modern times, that this new Chronovirus that apparently started in Wuhan has the potential to throw a monkey wrench into the equations as it becomes a randomizer event that reshuffles the scene, re-balances the odds, and injects a mysterious question mark into the prevalent high-level macroeconomic, geopolitical, and hegemonic situations and trends of this new decade. This could yet turn out to have serious geopolitical and strategic implications for China, for the US and indeed for the entire world at large.
 
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Trump ally Steve Bannon is making a documentary ‘takedown’ of Chinese leader Xi as US seeks ‘phase two’ trade deal

The revelation that Bannon is working on a film about Xi comes as the Chinese leader is under pressure for his response to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 130 people in the country. The documentary could address Xi’s response to the outbreak, according to one of the people familiar with the movie. Bannon has been discussing the impact the virus will have on the economy on his podcast, “War Room: Pandemic.”
 

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Pompeo names ‘the central threat of our times’ and guess what it is… It’s the Chinese Communist Party

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#1.5) (between the layers of #1 and that of #2) : Leverage and/or take advantage of China's current crisis situation from having to deal with the virus and the economic downturn that will result from that in order to drive a much harder bargain for round-two of the so-called Trade Deals... Basically attempt to bring Xi and the CCP down to their knees and then cap China with Plaza Accord 2.0 and forcing China to stop its technology ascension ambitions whilst requiring China to buy large quotas of useless things (a form of force robbery)
If China recovers from this virus and if China refuses to kowtow to the US demands for part two of the trade deal then US may proceed to push for #2 (*Rip and replace of China from the international system, from the world order and from the global trade/economy and worldwide supply chain as a whole. )
 
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Trump ally Steve Bannon is making a documentary ‘takedown’ of Chinese leader Xi as US seeks ‘phase two’ trade deal

The revelation that Bannon is working on a film about Xi comes as the Chinese leader is under pressure for his response to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 130 people in the country. The documentary could address Xi’s response to the outbreak, according to one of the people familiar with the movie. Bannon has been discussing the impact the virus will have on the economy on his podcast, “War Room: Pandemic.”
No one has anything to fear from Sturmbannfuhrer Bannon of the Waffen SS Division Cirrhosis. I mean, that ***kwit couldn't even set up his Nazi Hogwarts in Italy before running afoul of the local zoning boards.
 

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Chinese coronavirus will bring jobs back to America, US commerce secretary says
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Secretary Wilbur Ross says coronavirus will be good for [checks notes] American jobs: "I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America."

The disease, he said, gives businesses “yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain… It’s another risk factor that people need to take into account.”
 

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Chinese coronavirus will bring jobs back to America, US commerce secretary says
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Secretary Wilbur Ross says coronavirus will be good for [checks notes] American jobs: "I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America."

The disease, he said, gives businesses “yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain… It’s another risk factor that people need to take into account.”
Wait, how Ross become a billionaire again? That's not how global supply chains work.
 

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I work in the health care industry, and I hold crisis management meetings almost daily in response to this NCoV outbreak.
The initial assessment is that this virus is highly contagious but not as deadly as the SARS virus in terms of lethality back in 2003.
evidences so far:
1) the human to human transmission is by droplets, and since the virus particles are rather big and heavy, they can only spread within a metre radius, at most 3 metres.
2) the virus is vulnerable to heat and alcohol.
3) there is no community spread outside of China. almost all of the foreign cases are imported from China, ie, affected Chinese tourists.
based on the above, it should be safe as long as you:
don' t travel to endemic areas in China like Wuhan city and Hubei province,
don't go visiting a friend or relative in a hospital in China,
don't go visiting someone who has been stricken with the virus,
wear a surgical mask, don't touch your eyes and wash hands frequently with alcohol rubs ( especially inside the toilets ) if you go to a crowded place where there may be lots of Chinese tourists.

Even the WHO has come out strongly in defence of China, praising China's efforts and transparency and speed of action to contain the disease.
so it is difficult to imagine how the western MSM can successfully use this virus scare as an effective tool / weapon to smear China and her people.
Yes, you can curse those Chinese tourists from Wuhan city and Hubei province who would go abroad for the long CNY holidays, knowing that they might spread the virus to foreign countries.
but that's about it, nothing more can be said or done.
I expect the virus scare to gradually fade from people's attention after 2 to 4 weeks.
Already in China, with the quarantine of entire cities and co-operation from the population, the rate of infection has likely peaked, and expected to decline within 2 weeks according to the most optimistic evaluation.
 
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