It is unfortunate that this President puts personal vendettas over humanity. Our government has vilified China by blaming them for this “Chinese flu” or “kung flu” as our esteemed President, and others, have called it. How unfortunate that these individuals saw fit to make fun of this crisis. Fortunately, the rest of the world is much more mature about what is going on.
We could have had taken the high road and got with China around this. We knew it was coming and how treacherous it was going to be, as early as January. Yet, our government buried its head in the sand and waited much longer than it should have. In refusing to deal with China, and its hesitancy to move quickly, and forcefully, to combat this, the administration has to take some responsibility for the numbers.
And still, members of the administration, and others, in the midst of this, continue to beat up on China. To wit, Commerce Secretary Wibur Ross, another Trump bobblehead said, the coronavirus outbreak might be a good thing because it will “help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America” – OMG! Wilbur Ross has also been a driver to raise tariffs and reduce U.S. trade with the rest of the world, not just China. Another Trump bobblehead, Peter Navarro, a top trade adviser, said the coronavirus outbreak should be a “wake-up call” about American vulnerabilities in a globalized world.
The vulnerabilities he is referring to relate to a story published by Fox New: https://www.foxnews.com/us/america-dependent-china-medicines that claims China, and India, supply many of our drugs. The story includes this sentence; “The FDA estimates that at least 80 percent of the active ingredients found in all of America’s medicines come from abroad – primarily China.”
However, if one digs down, the real story, and the data used to prepare the report comes from a 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that cited FDA data on pharmaceutical manufacturers around the world. The report makes it clear that the United States has a diverse supply chain for drugs that goes well beyond India and China.
The truth is that the report said, “Nearly 40 percent of finished drugs and approximately 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are manufactured in registered establishments in more than 150 countries. Graphically, that is shown in the image. However, Fox News swallowed the Kool-Aid from the China Hawks in government and spun the data into more anti-China rhetoric.
All this highlights what appears to be a general lack of intelligence among the Administration and many senior officials.
In that vein, let us visit what China has done for the world during this time. It is no secret I am a friend of Huawei. I have dealt with Chinese companies, for many years, in one capacity or another. I am not naive in the sense that I think they are free of all wrongdoings. But I do not believe that about our own government. However, in some areas, there needs to be an association, regardless of political philosophies. That is where our government has taken the wrong track.
Had we not go sideways with Huawei we certainly would have had the benefit of their help in fighting this pandemic. For example, here is what they have done for other countries:
· Huawei has sent medical equipment to both Ireland and Italy. Here is the link to the details: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/coronavirus-huawei-to-send-medical-equipment-to-ireland-1.4207357.
· It has also sent nearly a million masks to the Netherlands: https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1241860815977938944.
· Huawei, along with other Chines companies, has donated millions of masks and other protective equipment to Europe: https://www.politico.eu/article/huawei-joins-chinas-big-tech-donation-spree-in-europe/.
· And, they even donated medical goods to New York, working with the state directly. They donated 10,000 masks, 20,000 isolation gowns, 50,000 medical goggles, and 10,000 gloves: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-03-28/New-York-Governor-Andrew-Cuomo-thanks-Huawei-for-significant-donations-Peulj6xAGc/index.html.
There is more but one gets the picture. The people I have spoken with at Huawei, and other companies, are being very sincere about this. Sometimes good will is just that, with all differences put aside. Personally, I want to thank Huawei and China and apologize for our government.
On the 5G front, which has taken a back seat to the current situation, there is still progress. While the U.S. struggles, pretty much alone, with the pandemic Huawei has been able to keep progress moving beyond it. In China, Huawei has helped carriers quickly deploy 5G networks in hospitals (e.g. Huoshenshan Hospital with deployment finished within 3 days) treating COVID-19 patients. They are also collaborating with these carriers to find new uses of 5G in medical environments.
They are also implementing precise, data-informed, and intelligent epidemic prevention and control measures by launching a variety of 5G medical innovative applications, enabling remote diagnosis and treatment. They could have helped us with that here.
On a more global scale, Huawei has:
Donated its Telemedicine Video Conference Solution to Thai hospitals and Disease Control Department, in support of Thailand’s fight against COVID-19: http://www.thailand4.com/.evnt/2020-03-13/b13ea009cef91984604ac6b0cf4a1352/
Huawei Pakistan has donated a video conference system to the Ministry of National Health Services (MNHS). Again, to help in the fight against COVID-19. This system can connect the WHO’s Pakistan Office, government departments, and all the emergency control centers for COVID-19 across Pakistan: https://dailytimes.com.pk/580533/huawei-pakistan-provides-video-conference-system-to-mnhs-rc-to-fight-covid-19/
And, with Huawei’s advance intelligence, it has deployed an AI-based thermal imaging system for temperature detection at Ezeiza International Airport The system can simultaneously monitor the body temperature of 20 people and implement wireless, non-contact measurement from 3 to 10 meters. This allows for the monitoring of over 46,000 people per hour. This was directly responsible for the identification of the outbreak based on artificial intelligence technology and the Huawei Cloud: https://www.telam.com.ar/notas/202003/440433-coronavirus-huawei-mapa-epidemias-diagnostico-automatico.html.
Finally, some have said that Huawei is doing this to position themselves for payback from these entities once the pandemic has passed. Much of this comes from anti-Chinese hawks in western governments.
It would be one thing if we, and these other countries, were clean. Was it not our president who has said, repeatedly, that we will reward those that stand with us against China?
And for those conspiracy theorists who think China has ulterior motives, let me say to you I have had conversations with contacts I have at Huawei and, in this time of crisis, they have stepped up to the plate. There will be no “quid quo pro” from them once we emerge on the other side of this maelstrom. But on the other hand, one good turn deserves another, and I fully believe that those who, selflessly, stepped up at this time should have the karmic rewards of good human-ship.