China’s Regime Won’t Change, So the Chinese People Must Change It

◎ The communist system is unfit to govern the Chinese people—the first and most aggrieved victims—but only they have the ability and the right to change it.

While there is universal agreement that the coronavirus pandemic is a global crisis requiring international cooperation, many governments have concluded that moving forward necessarily requires also looking backward. Scientists suggest that the future course of the virus, and progress toward its eradication, cannot be established without full understanding of its origins. Inconvenient though that discovery may be for present and future cooperation, it inevitably involves affixing responsibility, and even apportioning blame, for the human and economic costs of the virus’s global spread.

First published in The Hill.

Joseph Bosco served as China country director for the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief from 2009 to 2010. He is a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies and the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies, and has held nonresident appointments in the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council and the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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