The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province on April 17, 2020. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens, which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. Photo: AFP The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province on April 17, 2020. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens, which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. Photo: AFP
The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province on April 17, 2020. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens, which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. Photo: AFP
Zha Daojiong
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Opinion

Zha Daojiong

Amid tensions over Covid-19 origins, China and the world need to cooperate more on biosafety

  • Chinese scientists and regulators fear the space is narrowing for them to pursue normal collaboration on biosafety both in China and outside
  • Their access to scientific knowledge, research materials and laboratory equipment with both civilian and military applications is becoming more restricted

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province on April 17, 2020. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens, which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. Photo: AFP The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province on April 17, 2020. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens, which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. Photo: AFP
The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Hubei province on April 17, 2020. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens, which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. Photo: AFP
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Zha Daojiong

Zha Daojiong

Zha Daojiong is a professor at the School of International Studies, Peking University. His areas of expertise include the politics of China’s international economic relations, particularly the fields of energy and natural resources, development aid and the economics-political nexus in the Asia-Pacific region.