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Fauci Warns World About ‘Disinformation.’ Xi Jinping Warns About ‘Shifting Blame.’

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Fauci: Greg Nash/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Xi: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda virtual event, Dr. Anthony Fauci admonished those who would purvey “misinformation,” pontificating, “We have ‘disinformation’ that is entirely destructive to a comprehensive public health endeavor.”

Meanwhile, Chinese Communist President Xi Jinping was among several featured global leaders who delivered “State of the World” special addresses. He insisted that the major changes occurring throughout the planet, “unseen in a century,” are “not limited to a particular moment, event, country or region,” adding, “As changes of the times combine with the once-in-a-century pandemic, the world finds itself in a new period of turbulence and transformation.”

Xi kept insisting that worldwide cooperation was needed to defeat the pandemic while declaring that placing blame would “only cause needless delay”:

How to beat the pandemic and how to build the post-COVID world? These are major issues of common concern to people around the world. They are also major, urgent questions we must give answers to. … First, we need to embrace cooperation and jointly defeat the pandemic. … Strong confidence and cooperation represent the only right way to defeat the pandemic. Holding each other back or shifting blame would only cause needless delay in response and distract us from the overall objective.

Countries need to strengthen international cooperation against COVID-19, carry out active cooperation on research and development of medicines, jointly build multiple lines of defense against the coronavirus, and speed up efforts to build a global community of health for all. Of particular importance is to fully leverage vaccines as a powerful weapon, ensure their equitable distribution, quicken vaccination and close the global immunization gap, so as to truly safeguard people’s lives, health and livelihoods.

Xi asserted, “China is a country that delivers on its promises. China has already sent over two billion doses of vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations. Still, China will provide another one billion doses to African countries, including 600 million doses as donation, and will also donate 150 million doses to ASEAN countries.” He continued:

Economic globalization is the trend of the times. … We should remove barriers, not erect walls. We should open up, not close off. We should seek integration, not decoupling. This is the way to build an open world economy. We should guide reforms of the global governance system with the principle of fairness and justice, and uphold the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at its center.

More on that subject, as he stated:

We need to discard Cold War mentality and seek peaceful coexistence and win-win outcomes. Our world today is far from being tranquil; rhetorics that stoke hatred and prejudice abound. Acts of containment, suppression or confrontation arising thereof do all harm, not the least good, to world peace and security. History has proved time and again that confrontation does not solve problems; it only invites catastrophic consequences. Protectionism and unilateralism can protect no one; they ultimately hurt the interests of others as well as one’s own. Even worse are the practices of hegemony and bullying, which run counter to the tide of history.

Naturally, countries have divergences and disagreements between them. Yet a zero-sum approach that enlarges one’s own gain at the expense of others will not help. Acts of single-mindedly building “exclusive yards with high walls” or “parallel systems,” of enthusiastically putting together exclusive small circles or blocs that polarize the world, of overstretching the concept of national security to hold back economic and technological advances of other countries, and of fanning ideological antagonism and politicizing or weaponizing economic, scientific and technological issues, will gravely undercut international efforts to tackle common challenges.

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