Whether or not we fail to cooperate on trade and security, global warming or COVID-19, the clearest lessons we ought to draw at this moment is that “we have met the enemy and he is us.” It’s not China.
The all-weather partnership between China and Africa, supporting each other, has been tested by all kinds of storm in the history of more than half a century, and it is impossible to plunge into a “crisis” simply because of the poor performance of some media coverage and the ridiculous remarks of some politicians.
It is still too early to predict how the future of the educational system would look like. Yet, the pandemic has undoubtedly affected the current teaching style in a sweeping manner and given educators around the world ample time and space to think about the alternative educational models.
Wuhan was the first to confront the COVID-19 outbreak. Other metropolises like New York and Tokyo are equally vulnerable to the pandemic. It seems that the novel coronavirus is testing the medical capability of all global cities.
By enhancing mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, managing differences and seeking common development, China and India could chart a new course for the dragon and elephant in the future.
Western wisdom said, ‘No man is an island.’ An ancient Persian poet said, ‘The children of Adam are the limbs of one body.’ Chinese ancestors said, ‘However geographically apart, the sun and the moon are the same for all and hang in the same sky.’ All these sayings demonstrate the consensus of different civilizations on mutual assistance and common destiny.
In the face of the severe test of the epidemic, China and Africa need to strengthen unity more than ever, and further safeguard the overall situation of friendship and cooperation more than ever.
It takes a coordinated global effort to roll back a global scourge. What doesn’t break you only makes you stronger. The international community must foster greater synergy and work in solidarity till the final victory is sealed.