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

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>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

Left to himself, Nitin A. Gokhale would rather watch films and sports matches but his day job as a media entrepreneur, communications specialist, analyst and author, leaves him little time to indulge in his primary interests. Gokhale in fact started his career in journalism in 1983 as a sports reporter. Since then he has, in the past 41 years, traversed the entire spectrum across print, broadcast and digital space. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale has moved on from conventional media to become an independent media entrepreneur running three niche digital platforms—BharatShakti, StratNewsGlobal and Interstellar—besides undertaking consultancy and training workshops in communications for military institutions, corporates and individuals. Now better known for his conflict coverage and strategic analyses, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years between 1983 and 2006, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 and also brought us live coverage from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.    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, Australia, South and South-East Asia to take part in various seminars and conferences. Gokhale is also a popular visiting faculty at India’s Defence Services Staff College, the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the IB’s intelligence school.