What an almighty Canada! Guardian of the whole western world! What a bull "1st world"! What a narcissistic personality disorder!
If you don't have Canadian market, it's practically impossible to break into the European, US, Australian, New Zealand markets. It could take decades. If you have Canadian market, it only takes days because Canada has good relation with other western countries.
I do not agree. The reason is that your choice impacts me more than my choice impacts you. Our choices do not have nearly equal impacts, so we do not deserve equal freedom to choose one or the other.
The reason of course is that the virus is contagious. Opening up (your choice) increases my chance of dying. Your "freedom" comes at my expense, and I object to that. My choice (of zero Covid) is morally superior, as it does not increase your risk of death from the virus.
The Zero Covid strategy may even be superior economically. China is actually growing faster than it was doing before the pandemic; the extra growth is probably at the expense of those countries who bungled their Covid policies. By opening up, Singapore could become another of these losers.
So the Zero Covid strategy is superior morally and economically. If your choice of opening up affected only you, perhaps I'd grant you the freedom to choose that path. But it affects more than yourself, so I disagree that it's an issue of "to each his own".
Not true. For example Australia is selling China EVs before Europe did, and not selling in Canada yet either.
That is why drinking alcohol is heavily regulated in most countries; so is smoking, but less so. Covid needs to be attacked at least as ferociously as drinking -- not in the same way, as the virus doesn't understand regulations, but at least as strongly.
Perhaps some day an effective cure for Covid-19 will emerge. Until such a cure exists and proves to work, I see no reason -- not even economic reason -- to abandon the Zero Covid strategy.
Sorry missed this part and the edit window closed.
Yes, smoking and alcohol is heavily regulated. But my point is you do not see a zero-ciggies or a zero-alcohol policy. Why is that?
So likewise, you can regulate Covid related issues heavily. Mask mandate, vaccine mandate, etc ... but zero-Covid?
As far as I know, there isn't much regulation of alcohol in the world with the exception of the most strict Muslim countries such as Afghanistan and Qatar. Hell, here in Canada you can even take canabis let alone alcohol.