Healthcare not warfare! International cooperation vs stale old geopolitic!
We highly recommended this article to start with by Professor Peter Drysdale Return to prosperity depends on mending China ties (AFR 20.5.20) and on John Menadue : Pearls and Irritation (21 MAY 20)
And first by quoting his wise words:
“Indeed it is part of the WHO’s established practice,, once a global health emergency is over, to conduct comprehensive reviews to establish exactly what happened and what lessons can be learnt to manage emerging emergencies better, by national governments as well as the international community.
Thus the question was never about the justifiable desire for greater knowledge about the pandemic now taken forward in the World Health Assembly so that we’d be better prepared for contingencies of this kind in future. The question has been about the nature and the timing as well as the febrile international political context into which Australia lobbed the idea.”
Australian leaders should have known better that both Trump and Pompeo pointing their dirty fingers at China to cover their short comings as well as trying to save their seats in the coming US election by playing this ugly racist card. I hope Australian leaders have learned an expensive lesion and know how to watch out for any future hole they dug out for them to jump in.
Let WHO gets on with their job professionally with modern sciences and not let stale old geopolitic gets in their ways. Please give more support where needed. Of course no one is perfect but their overall great track record, lifting millions of vulnerable world citizens out of misery and prevented far greater mortality affected by poor healthcare since its establishment, speaks volumes. All things will end better for the health and prosperity of world citizens if USA and China can lead the world together harmoniously and constructively under the umbrella of UN and WHO etc. Healthcare not warfare! International cooperation not stale old geopolitical game.
Australia could have won a great moral victory if she has promoted a truly "independent, non biased" enquiry in the first place. Glad to see when true democracy allows to flourish at the recent World Health Assembly, led by WHO, EU, China including Australia etc and finally reluctantly USA. And after allowing for proper debates and exchanges of knowledge, WHA unanimously agreed on a path forward. Not surprisingly as have been suggested before in P&I that China will come to the party on this issue if put appropriately. Yes she has agreed full heartedly with additional financial support to WHO for such an independent scientific investigation etc but not the one first proposed by Australia. Time for Australia to be more careful in framing their foreign policies in future and focus more on forging a mutual profitable and a healthier, less expensive and happier relationship with China
On the blame game, our politicians should pay more attention to the wisdom of Prof John Dwyer, Immunologist and Emeritius Professor of Medicine at UNSW documented in his article “Political ambition demands we paly the COVID ‘Blame Game’ while Rome still burns” in John Menadue P&I (19May2020).
Time to get off reality show on TV and come down back to reality on earth and start negotiating with China if we want to continue to trade with them as our No. 1 trading partner properly as there are too much to lose for both sides.
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, National President, CCCA; Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, CCCA; and the National Chinese Australian Leadership Group
Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Suellyn Lin, Kingsley Liu, James Leung, Lee Xj Li, Daphne Lowe, Dickson Mak, Tony Pang, Tony Tang and Dr Y Y Yap; Robert Chong AM