Last month, a plane carrying 9 doctors and tons of medical supplies landed in Italy. It was a gift from the Beijing government for the hardship that one of Europe’s largest economies was going through. Whilst it could be seen as goodwill, one should also understand that the Communist long term planners are trying to already deconstruct the blame that they will ultimately face.
When the Coronavirus subsides, and it will, people will want someone to blame for burying their grandparents without being able to see them one last time, for not being able to leave their house for several weeks (or even months), for having to cancel an already paid vacation, and some even for losing their jobs. The fault will be put squarely on China’s doorstep.
As Vox, not known for it’s rightwing political views, pointed out this week, it was because of Beijing’s allowance to organize wet markets in Wuhan that the virus was able to spread in the first place.
After the disastrous SARS virus of 2003, Beijing ordered a close to the notorious wet markets of mainland China. But through intense lobbying, they were able to reopen again. This proved to be, as everybody in Europe and the US by now realizes, a decision with disastrous consequences.
So, what will happen next?
Well, when the virus subsides, and it will, people will be asked by their local politicians to support local economies, to buy local food, to support the local tourism sector. Recreational travel to China from Europe or the U.S. will decrease and even shoppers will take a second look.
Although price will remain an important factor, and product that will be sold post-Corona, will be sold with a silent voice in your head telling you China caused this. Whether this is 100% correct or not is beside the point, but as with any disaster, people need someone to blame, and it is unclear to see how China will escape this.
Therefore, expect more Chinese ‘gifts’ over the next few days and weeks, as the Communist planners know very well what’s at stake in a few months. Whether ‘made in China’ can survive is the actual question.