CHARBONNEAU – China should speak softly and carry a big wallet

CHINA HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF COVERING UP the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for months, giving the virus time to spread globally.

China’s response has been to come out swinging, angrily reacting in a manner not fitting a superpower. While irrational outbursts have been characteristic of the leader of that other superpower, China should take the higher rhetorical ground.

China has lashed out at a number of countries critical of its handling of the crisis, including Australia. After Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent review of the spread of the virus, China’s ambassador to Australia questioned whether a country that is so “hostile” to China is the best place to send Chinese students for education, or whether Chinese consumers would want to buy Australian wine and beef. (Globe and Mail, May 1, 2020)


David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at

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1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – China should speak softly and carry a big wallet

  1. You go telling them David what to do, they might just hear you out. Well, ok, maybe not.
    But to call the French “psychologically fragile” and mentioning “West-egotism” ain’t at all undiplomatic nor “outbursty”…it is candid and truthful. I am not excusing The Chinese for all their sins, including calling themselves “communists” because communist they are not but “candid speak”…it is as much as pleasurable as a cold beer after a hard day’s work out in the sun.

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