June 15, 2020
The NYT ran a piece with a headline that began “break the China Habit,” and featured the subhead, “the risks of relying economically on the Asian superpower have never seemed clearer. But as the world tries to get moving again, it needs China more than ever.”
Perhaps the paper considered the risks so apparent that it didn’t need to mention them in the article, because it didn’t. Yes, we all know the coronavirus originated in China and that its government was not forthcoming with information about the disease and its spread, but what does that have to do with “relying economically” on China? Is the NYT suggesting as an alternative a complete ban on trade and travel between China and the rest of the world?
If not, the issue of “relying economically” on China is pretty much beside the point. I guess we infer from the article that the NYT doesn’t like China’s government, but other than that, the piece is incoherent. It is also worth noting that there is a good chance that China will develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus before anyone else. It would be interesting to know if the NYT would then argue that it is important we not rely on the vaccine.