President Xi Jinping and then-US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 24, 2015. Cooperation and comity, even between rivals, will be essential for 2021 to deliver on its promise and rise above the anger and despair of 2020. Photo: AP President Xi Jinping and then-US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 24, 2015. Cooperation and comity, even between rivals, will be essential for 2021 to deliver on its promise and rise above the anger and despair of 2020. Photo: AP
President Xi Jinping and then-US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 24, 2015. Cooperation and comity, even between rivals, will be essential for 2021 to deliver on its promise and rise above the anger and despair of 2020. Photo: AP
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

2020’s year of anger at reason must give way to cooperation and hope

  • It was a year of deep anger with ourselves, our fate, other people and the government, and while we were angry for good reasons, it was more with reason itself
  • Our future depends not just on science and reason but also on our values, so if we value human life, we should cooperate for the future even as we compete

President Xi Jinping and then-US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 24, 2015. Cooperation and comity, even between rivals, will be essential for 2021 to deliver on its promise and rise above the anger and despair of 2020. Photo: AP President Xi Jinping and then-US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 24, 2015. Cooperation and comity, even between rivals, will be essential for 2021 to deliver on its promise and rise above the anger and despair of 2020. Photo: AP
President Xi Jinping and then-US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac during an arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 24, 2015. Cooperation and comity, even between rivals, will be essential for 2021 to deliver on its promise and rise above the anger and despair of 2020. Photo: AP
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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.