Chinese leader Xi Jinping has left the limelight, he is now anxiously watching how the coronavirus plays out in the country he rules over, he has put the “Chinese Dream” on hold.
The death toll in China from the coronavirus is still climbing, now standing at 1,775 with the number of people infected almost 72,000 according to official figures on Tuesday, Feb. 18. It can be assumed that those figures are highly inaccurate, judging on past lies from the Chinese Communist Party. Some experts expect the figures to be much higher, even ten times the amount.
Xi would be fully aware of economic implications should the coronavirus not be contained, and the number of infections begins to decrease.
China now accounts for 20 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is a crucial factor in the world economy.
Many countries have implemented a travel ban from those who have been to China, with 14-day quarantine a necessity.
China’s Foreign Ministry has accused the U.S. government of inappropriately reacting to the outbreak.
“Even American media and experts doubted the government’s decision, saying that the U.S. government’s restrictions on China are precisely what the WHO rejects, that the U.S. is turning from overconfidence to fear and overreaction, and that banning the entry of foreigners who traveled to China in the past 14 days is suspected to be violating civil rights instead of reducing risks of virus spreading,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
Beijing has urged the Australian government to lift its travel ban also, saying it is much too excessive.
“We have expressed our strong wish and hope that the Australian government in their review will take a balanced approach and remove those harsh restrictions. At the very least they should relax them,” said Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye to Sky News Australia.
“It is inconsistent with the recommendations of the World Health Organization.”
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October, Xi said, “The Communist Party of China is a great party; it has the fight and mettle to win.”
“Every single Chinese person, every member of the Chinese nation, should feel proud to live in this great era,” Xi said on the day before the Lunar New Year holiday. “Our progress will not be halted by any storms and tempests.”
Making no reference to the coronavirus, Xi would have been well aware that even as he spoke, authorities in Wuhan were placing all 11 million of its inhabitants under quarantine, desperately trying to prevent the spread of the virus.
With the 160 million Chinese workers ready to return to their employment in the cities after their annual break, which was extended due to the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of industries are at a standstill, waiting for instructions when to resume.
Due to the shortage of parts in many industries across the world, the economy is being hit hard. Countries such as Japan, Korea, India, and Germany rely on China for components.
The coronavirus health scare is putting pressure on Xi’s command-and-control leadership, and “PapaXi” may find his authority becoming undermined should the situation spiral out of control.
With 50 million Chinese placed in quarantine across 15 cities in China, the citizens are becoming fearful for their health and that of their loved ones, and distrust in the government is rising, with many calling for freedom of speech.
Xi’s “Chinese Dream” is turning into a nightmare.