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Attacking DZCP Is to Make Excuses for Western Failures

Source: Science and Technology Daily | 2022-05-26 10:06:30 | Author: YU Haoyuan


Prices for gasoline and diesel fuel, at around $5 a gallon, are displayed at a gas station in Washington D.C. on May 11, 2022. (PHOTO: XINHUA)

By YU Haoyuan

Because of adopting a dynamic zero-COVID policy (DZCP), China can maintain a low infection rate and save thousands of lives. Meanwhile, the deadly virus has killed one million Americans. However, some so -called mainstream U.S. media forget to mention this fact when attacking DZCP and China. In their media reports, the policy was labeled as "unsustainable," "harm to the world economy," or even a "violation of human rights."

So why does the China's DZCP attract so much criticism from the U.S.?

In fact, this is just the same old acrobatics to cover up the failure of the U.S. government by finding any excuse to criticize China.

For the purpose of economic growth, many countries have to announce their victory in the fight against COVID-19 and choose to live with the virus. Unfortunately, this approach has not positively impacted the U.S. economy, which fell by 1.4 percent of GDP in the first quarter of 2022. "With a high rate of inflation, higher prices outpace wage growth, making things like gas and rent more expensive for consumers," wrote CNBC.

Actually, U.S. media have been blaming China's  DZCP for some time. In an article titled the World Tries to Move Beyond COVID, China May Stand in the Way published in the New York Times, Alexandra Stevenson cited the observation of an "unnamed economist" that DZCP is "zero movement, zero GDP."

The funny thing is that the "unsustainable method" has been used for two years in China and the country's GDP has still maintained its growth rate. In 2021, China's GDP grew by 8.1 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In terms of social prevention, China has successfully lowered the infection rate and reduced the burden of medical expenditure. The latest study published in Nature indicated that if Omicron was allowed free rein in China, the country could expect 112 million symptomatic cases, 5.1 million hospital admissions, 2.7 million ICU admissions and 1.6 million deaths in just six months, and its health systems would collapse catastrophically. Such an infection rate will definitely cause damage not only to China, but also to the world.

The U.S. also blamed China for violating human freedom during Shanghai's latest wave of Omicron variant outbreaks. Bloomberg labeled those volunteers from all walks of life who help people take the nucleic acid test, deliver food and maintain other basic life support in the lockdown neighborhoods as "Big White Army," as they can't help ordinary people get "luxury e-cigarettes." The truth is the so-called members of the "Big White Army" are at the risk of getting infected while helping people recover from Omicron as soon as possible.

Many foreigners in Shanghai accept China's DZCP, because of China's value system of the most important human right is the right to life.

Nathan Rich, a famous American content curator who lives in China for years and uploads his works on Bilibili and Youtube, agrees with China's DZCP. He listed data to demonstrate why China still sticks to this policy, despite the conjecture that, "It is impossible to achieve." In the past three months, the worldwide COVID-19 death rate has dropped by 0.6 percent. If China is able to keep delaying the large-scale entry of COVID-19 patients into China, the lower death rate will greatly reduce the final death toll, said Rich, noting that people need to delay the entry of COVID-19 into China so as to save more lives.

    According to World Socialist Web Site, an American netizen Sean who is now working and living in Shanghai, commented that "As an American living in China, I click on every article regarding China, and many, many are like this: taking perverse delight in putative failure of China's zero COVID policy. This is unseemly but also factually delusional." There is so much ideologically motivated disinformation in Western media, he said, noting that it is infuriating to someone who lives here.

Editor: 齐笠名

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