August 15, 2020

Lessons for now and for later

By Barend ter Haar. While the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet peaked in most parts of the world, it is not too early to reflect on some of the mistakes made: denial, neglect of the weakest, lack of international cooperation and lack of diplomacy. Lessons for now and for later  While the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet peaked in most parts of the world, it is not too early to reflect on some of the mistakes made: denial, neglect of the weakest, lack of international cooperation and lack of diplomacy. Denial Precious time was lost because China initially denied evidence of the…

World vs. Corona: “China sets example”

H.E. Dr. Xu Hong, Ambassador of China, during his intervention at the press briefing about the Corona virus outbreak . Photography by Eric van de Beek. By Eric van de Beek. “Measures taken by China have set an example for the global response to epidemic outbreak”, says Chinese ambassador H.E. Dr. Xu Hong. “They fully demonstrate the advantages of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics.” On February 26th the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Dr. Xu Hong, hosted a briefing-reception in The Hague for diplomats, Dutch officials and the media about the latest news on the Corona…