Covid-19: Scapegoating & soul-searching
20 April 2020 | 7:04 am
As China records the first contraction of its economy in decades, as the United States counts its dead, France's president calls for Europe to tap into how the global Covid-19 pandemic has changed humanity's priorities. From the calling out of China's official figures to the scapegoating of India's Muslims, François Picard's panel reviews how a planet under pressure is responding to the challenge.
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The US president has outlined a new plan for economic cooperation with Latin America amidst rising Chinese influence in the region. He is also expected to present a new plan for regional migration issues.
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Wei Fenghe slammed US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's "smearing" accusation that China was causing regional instability. He said Beijing would do whatever it takes to ensure reunification with Taiwan.
The US Defense Secretary said Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatened to change the status quo. Lloyd Austin said Washington would continue to stand by Taiwan at an event in Singapore.
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