People protest against mandates to wear masks in Austin, Texas, on June 28. Insecurity and fear have made everything politically charged, including mask wearing. Photo: Reuters People protest against mandates to wear masks in Austin, Texas, on June 28. Insecurity and fear have made everything politically charged, including mask wearing. Photo: Reuters
People protest against mandates to wear masks in Austin, Texas, on June 28. Insecurity and fear have made everything politically charged, including mask wearing. Photo: Reuters
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

Why America’s pandemic carnage is a tragedy of global proportions

  • An America reeling from the emotional trauma of a mismanaged pandemic is incapable of rational policy. When the world’s leading economy and military power feels vulnerable and insecure, there can be no global peace

People protest against mandates to wear masks in Austin, Texas, on June 28. Insecurity and fear have made everything politically charged, including mask wearing. Photo: Reuters People protest against mandates to wear masks in Austin, Texas, on June 28. Insecurity and fear have made everything politically charged, including mask wearing. Photo: Reuters
People protest against mandates to wear masks in Austin, Texas, on June 28. Insecurity and fear have made everything politically charged, including mask wearing. Photo: Reuters
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Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng is a former central banker and financial regulator, currently distinguished fellow at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. He writes widely on Asian perspectives on global issues, with columns in Project Syndicate, Asia News Network and Caijing/Caixin magazines. His latest book is “Shadow Banking in China”, co-authored with Ng Chow Soon, published by Wiley.