The report released by Pew Research, the famous survey organization of America, had gauged how much the image of China has deteriorated in the world, especially in western countries. On the basis of opinion polls in 14 countries, Pew Research had reported that more than half of the people in all these countries have unfavorable opinions about China. At some places, the number of people having such opinions has reached above 80 percent. The countries surveyed included Australia, Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, Canada and the US.
The report seems to have had an impact on Chinese leaders. Just four days after the report came out – on Friday – China announced to join Kovacs – an ongoing international effort to develop a vaccine to prevent the corona virus. The effort is under the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is worth noting that the US refused to be a part of this common effort last month, for which it received severe criticism worldwide. Now China has taken an important initiative to improve its image by joining it.
This had an immediate effect, with officials associated with Kovacs welcoming China’s decision, saying that China’s involvement would go a long way in ensuring fair distribution of the corona virus vaccine worldwide. Kovacs consists of 75 countries, including the rich countries like Britain, Japan, Germany. The objective is to provide two billion doses of vaccine by 2021.
China is also leading efforts to make the corona virus vaccine. Phase III trials are currently underway on four vaccines in China. There are also half a dozen other efforts to produce vaccines in the world. China has shared its efforts with a global group of scientists. There is no doubt about his vaccine experiments, as was seen in the case of Russia.
45 countries in a written statement said that China’s steps in Xinjiang are anti-terrorism action. These countries included a number of members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), including Pakistan. Apart from them, many African countries, countries like Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea etc. also supported China. Now China has taken such a step by joining the fight against the corona virus, which can improve its image to a certain extent.
Analysts believe that the way America has pulled back its global leadership during Donald Trump’s tenure, China has seen a new opportunity for him. It is trying to increase its global influence by being part of international efforts. Due to its strong economic condition, it is preparing its new group by helping the poor countries, the effect of which is now visible.
In the same week, 39 countries in the United Nations jointly criticized China on the issue of human rights. These included most of the countries of America and Western Europe. He accused China of oppressing Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province and civil rights abuses in Hong Kong. Significantly, more than 50 countries supported China on these issues.