An open letter to China’s supreme leader
As a long-term leader of the world’s most numerous Nation, (representing one of the oldest enduring civilizations and cultures,) your knowledge, experience, and responsibilities must be extensive. Yet, reportedly, you are liked most by the Chinese for your humility. And that is good because I want to appeal to your humbleness—such an important quality of successful leadership in any People or epoch.
When COVID-19 regrettably started in China, your government was most successful in containing and eradicating it. Your country was more apt to do so than all the supreme democracies together. You accepted no exceptions and favoritisms to win that war.
However, the newest subvariants of this coronavirus that have now invaded China from outside, you fight with the same ferociousness and persistence and you’re getting nowhere. Check with your top physicians. China’s medical world has a good name internationally not for nothing.
The new viral variations are different animals. They are much less dangerous and much more contagious. That means that stopping them is nearly impossible but also much less urgent. These give like the flu or less.
You need to apologize to your People (I’m sure they’ll like you even more for that) and change the country’s stance against COVID. In the West, your medical specialist will tell you, they already speak of ‘living with corona.’
When prevention costs more lives than no prevention, obviously the latter is preferred. You will save lives and the quality of lives of millions doing so.
I’m sorry President Biden didn’t tell you, but he’s also not a physician. Laypeople sometimes have a hard time figuring out health issues. It can be complicated.
Leaders are condemned not because of mistakes they made but because of mistakes they didn’t regret openly.
Last but not least, you, as an outsider, no doubt, see the ideocracy of democratic societies. But, dictatorships have their weaknesses too. Maybe a better society will come from walking the middle road. Good luck!