10 Chinese readers report on the coronavirus crisis

The outbreak of the coronavirus has affected at least 77 countries, killed more than 3,200 people and infected more than 93,000. It paralyzed cities and towns, disrupted business, travel and schools. But no place has experienced more devastation than China, where the vast majority of deaths and infections have occurred.

The New York Times asked Chinese readers around the world to share their views on how the country responded to the outbreak of the corona virus that originated in central China’s Hubei province. We have heard from readers in Europe, Australia, China and the United States. One lived only a few kilometers from the Wuhan market, which many experts consider to be the zero point for the virus.

Most expressed serious disappointment at how the Chinese government dealt with the crisis. Others, however, argued that China, as a developing country, had responded effectively. Here are some of their stories that have been edited and condensed for clarity.

Before the outbreak worsened, my friends and I all thought that China was a digital totalitarian state that was invulnerable to attack. But all of these atriums have been smashed because of the Chinese government’s chaotic response to pneumonia in Wuhan.

For me, this crisis has exposed the cowardice and ruthlessness of the Chinese government’s bureaucracy. At the same time, it showed that the Chinese people are absent from the bureaucracy Maintaining strong self-management and grass-roots skills. This makes me believe that China today still has the prerequisites for a democratic revolution.

– Wang Sheng fan, Adelaide, Australia

With the Chinese Communist Party constantly using authoritarian means to deal with matters, a humanitarian disaster is occurring. I decided to drop everything and flee as soon as possible. But my parents are brainwashed by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda. They said if they died they would rather die here in this country and live or die with the mother country.

I was frustrated with it, but at the same time I knew that this is probably what most Chinese think. So I bought plane tickets for the next day and decided to go with my 9 year old daughter. My wife’s passport is valid for less than six months, and the immigration / exit department informed us that they have stopped all immigration services for Chinese citizens for the time being. Now it’s just me and my daughter here in Thailand.

This epidemic made me feel the division in my family deeply. This division results from our different views of the C.C.P.

– Gao Enzhou, Bangkok

At the beginning of last year my wife was admitted to the doctor. Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. She was pregnant and postponed her registration from September to March this year. Without the epidemic, we would have flown to Seattle with our daughter to start our new life on March 1st.

Due to the travel ban to the United States and concerns about traveling with our baby, we don’t want to take the risk now of traveling to another country and being quarantined for 14 days. We can only stay at home and wish things to improve. We are facing a dilemma.

– Mo Weicheng, Foshan, Guangdong Province

I am a student from Wuhan and study in Ireland. Ireland is not a mainstream travel destination for Chinese students. There are only two people from Wuhan in this city.

I went back to Wuhan over Christmas. I returned to Ireland before the epidemic broke out. A week after my return Zhong Nanshan announced that the virus was transmitted from person to person. That was just before the lunar new year. The spring festival gala organized by my school’s Chinese student and scholar association was scheduled for two weeks after my return. I was a volunteer and I wasn’t sure if I should go. I sent a message to the chairman of the club, who calmed me down. He said I should come because my quarantine period was over. But I could still feel worried murmurs during the event. It is human nature to be afraid, but I still felt lonely and sad to be in a foreign country.

– Zhang Yuqin, Galway, Ireland

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