South Asia and Beyond

‘China Culpable For COVID-19, Has Corrupted WHO That Needs Reform From Top To Bottom’

>NEW DELHI: The Coronavirus could have been contained in the very beginning in Wuhan where it originated but China didn’t let the world know in December when the outbreak began, says Anders Corr, publisher of the Journal of Political Risk. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Corr, who’s principal of Corr Analytics that provides analysis to government and business clients, with a focus on strategic and international political risk, says China is culpable for the viral outbreak that has left many dead, crippled economies worldwide and confined people to their homes for months. China’s assets in various countries should be attached, he says. While batting for Taiwan’s return to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Corr feels the organisation is totally corrupted by China. “It needs a real reform from top to bottom. People like Dr Tedros, who have proven to be overly influenced by China, need to be kicked out. We need honest people who can’t be influenced by China’s tactics,” he says. He also talks about a nexus between China and some of the lead financial players/bureaucrats in the United States, saying that has led the U.S. government to go ‘soft on China’.

Nitin A. Gokhale

Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, and focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009. Author of over a dozen books on wars, insurgencies and conflicts, Gokhale relocated to Delhi in 2006, was Security and Strategic Affairs Editor at NDTV, a leading Indian broadcaster for nine years, before launching in 2015 his own digital properties. An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, South and South-East Asia to speak at various international seminars and conferences. Gokhale also teaches at India’s Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the intelligence schools of both the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau. He tweets at @nitingokhale


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