On April 5, 2020, the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) released the English version of the report “Strensgthen multi-level intesrnational cooperation to fight the pandemic”. The report summarized China’s experience in dealing with the outbreak and provided suggestions on global cooperation to fight the virus and its economic fallout. It drew on ongoing research and analysis of the unfolding outbreak and recent seminars CCG has hosted featuring Chinese and foreign experts.
The report summarized key aspects of China’s experience on COVID-19.
1.Central coordination - the State Council launched the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism to coordinate efforts to contain virus spread as well as measures to manage economic and social impacts.
2.Efficiently mobilize and allocate resources in a nationwide effort to deal with the epidemic.
3.Establish effective communication platforms with timely and transparent disclosure of accurate information on the epidemic to promote trust and cooperation from society.
4.Impose strict social distancing and implement comprehensive non-pharmaceutical interventions.
5.Mobilize extensive networks of grassroots officials and community social care workers to implement response policies quickly and effectively.
6.Accelerate deployment and guarantee the efficient operation of logistics to ensure a safe and stable supply of essential goods.
7.Leverage new digital technologies such as big data, mobile apps and artificial intelligence applications to track exposure to the virus, promote internet-based mass entertainment, and boost online retail.
8.Implement policies at multiple levels in a timely manner to reduce the burden on enterprises and stabilize the economy.
9.Seek to achieve the twin objectives of epidemic control and restarting economic activity, giving due weight to each consideration.
10.Actively carry out international cooperation in the fight against epidemic while sharing information and experience.
Based on these findings, the report made ten recommendations on responses to the coronavirus and its impact on public health and safety, the world economy, and global value chains.
1.Enhance multilateral platforms, in particular, the role of the G20 to facilitate high- level diplomacy needed to address the coronavirus challenge.
2.Support the World Health Organization (WHO) to play a greater role in global cooperation and establish a governance mechanism for international coordination on public health measures.
3.Protect global value chains, supply chains and industrial chains through international cooperation, helping to stabilize and revitalize the global economy.
4.China and the US should work to strengthen dialogue and reach consensus on trade in medical supplies and global efforts to fight the epidemic.
5.Support the World Trade Organization (WTO) to play a role in responding to the epidemic, promoting trade facilitation for emergency goods and cooperation across supply chains.
6.Stabilize regional security and focus efforts on fighting the epidemic. This should include working together to assist regions and countries with more vulnerable healthcare systems.
7.Facilitate the sharing of research results on COVID-19 and support multinational cooperation on drug and vaccine development.
8.Encourage local governments and non-state actors to provide various forms of material support and assistance.
9.Safeguard global food trade and boost cooperation via regional and multilateral institutions to strengthen global governance on food security.
10.Call on countries to jointly develop the notion of a community of shared future for humankind as a basis for global collective action and work to build confidence and global solidarity in this ongoing battle against humanity’s common threat.
More detail on these recommendations and supporting measures is given in the full report.