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Charles R. Stith
Charles R. Stith
Charles R. Stith is chairman of the Pula Group, a US-based company that invests in Africa. He is the non-executive chair of the Johannesburg-based African Presidential Leadership Centre, and served as the US envoy to Tanzania in the aftermath of the embassy bombing by al-Qaeda.

Pointing fingers at China is less likely to get it to cooperate and more likely to make it defensive. The bottom line is that Beijing needs to be engaged and not isolated – China is not the problem, it is a critical part of the solution.

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The US continues to drive the global economy. It must move beyond this distraction and raise its education standards to beat back China’s challenge. If the world is to stop Covid-19 in its tracks, China is not the problem but part of the solution.

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While lockdowns will help to contain the virus, most people will survive an infection. In a continent where 85 per cent of people live on less than US$5.50 per day, a work stoppage of any length is literally life-threatening.

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