Compulsory vaccinations targeting specific high-risk workers or sectors make more sense, but there needs to be a fair and firm system of penalties so as to not add to the mental health pressures of an ongoing pandemic.
The interconnected fates of the US and China have become apparent from recent exchanges between George Soros and BlackRock. Financial markets in the US and China have perhaps never looked so fragile, and that is never a good position from which to go to war.
The bombshell revelation that a top US general held secret phone calls with his Chinese counterpart reveals the risks inherent amid rising tensions – but Biden and Xi’s conversation this month is a promising sign that fraught ties can be reset when there are open lines of communication.
Washington’s ban may cause some near-term supply chain disruption for solar panels. But with Beijing’s carbon neutrality goal, solar and wind energy manufacturing and installation can only accelerate in China.
Despite the heated rhetoric, the competition between the US and China is not between two political and economic systems. The challenges each faces in economic development are similar, as are the levers each has at their disposal to improve the lives of their citizens.