Dr. Zahid Anwar is a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics and a director of China Study Center at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. The article was originally published at China Daily.
When COVID-19 struck, China took care to avoid chaos, pooled all its resources under one unified command, and provided coordinated and rapid response with full strength against the infectious disease. China mobilized the society and engaged the community and opposed irrational containment measures, overreactions and radical statements. The manner China has coped with this public health emergency caused by novel coronavirus set an excellent example for the rest of the world later when the epidemic transformed into a pandemic. Read the story>>
Heads of many International and national organizations and leaders of many political parties from the world over expressed confidence in China the way it contained the epidemic of novel coronavirus. In the globalized world neither a country can afford to retreat into self-isolation nor can a state alone solve the problems facing mankind. China cooperated in global public health governance and participated in epidemic control both at regional as well as global levels. At the outset of the epidemic of novel coronavirus China cooperated with the World Health Organization, explored transnational joint prevention and control, opted for collaboration in scientific research and provided assistance to many countries where this deadly disease began spreading.