How Do Chinese Masks Rescue The World

- Mar 11, 2020-

How do Chinese masks affect the world?


The world is facing a shortage of protective equipment, such as masks, disposable gloves, goggles and other personal protection resources. At present, the consumption is more than 100 times of the normal level, but the price is more than 20 times of the normal level. Under the global epidemic, countries around the world are competing for masks. In Europe, some countries began to prohibit the export of protective materials. As a result, the channels of raw materials in some countries were cut off, and conflicts between countries occurred frequently.


With the spread of the global epidemic, the demand for masks is growing explosively. There is a "shortage of masks" in many countries, including China. However, China novel coronavirus pneumonia has been banned from exporting medical masks and raw materials needed for production, so that other countries and regions are facing a shortage of masks. In response, Li Xingqian, director of the Department of foreign trade of the Ministry of Commerce of China, stressed that China has not set up any trade control measures for masks and is willing to provide assistance to relevant countries in the field of masks and other medical protection materials. On March 11, China's anti epidemic expert group took relevant humanitarian relief materials and set out to Italy to support it in fighting the epidemic.


Since China's accession to the WTO, made in China is coming to the world step by step. China's trade surplus in the field of foreign trade shows the strong competitiveness of China's export market. In recent years, some countries in the world, represented by the United States, have frequently targeted and suppressed China. The essence of Sino-U.S. trade war is the reflection of the global strategic competition between the United States as an old empire and the rapidly developing socialist China in the field of economy and trade.


Before that, rare earth was China's trump card, accounting for 70% of the world's annual output. The United States wanted to get rid of its dependence on China. "Rare earth crisis" calls on allies to join in the establishment of their own rare earth production chain independent of China, so as to get rid of dependence on China's rare earth. Under the outbreak, the United States began to use slander to clamp down on China in terms of the scarce supply of raw materials for masks.


During the outbreak, the whole country united as one. When the epidemic was serious, mask manufacturers worked overtime at full capacity. There were clothing, automobile, pharmaceutical, diaper factories and even new energy enterprises that crossed certain industries. China's monthly output increased 12 times


On the one hand, China has overcome the bottleneck and dilemma of mask production in the whole country, and on the other hand, it has insisted on international assistance within its capacity. Under the condition that China also has masks, we are still liberalizing supply to foreign countries, which is distinct from the frequent sticking of the U.S. to China's neck, reflecting China's responsibility as a major country in the face of global epidemic difficulties.


The virus is tearing people apart


The new coronavirus is spreading rapidly all over the world. It has spread to more than 100 countries and regions, and almost all the European Union has been occupied. At present, the shortage of masks has become a global problem. The epidemic is spreading, and there is a shortage of protective materials such as masks, which are tearing Europe and human beings apart.


Germany has issued a ban on the export of medical materials such as masks and intercepted 240000 masks in Switzerland. Switzerland almost does not produce medical consumables. These products are mainly produced in China, and then they are purchased in large quantities by German enterprises and resold to Swiss enterprises, and transported from Germany to Switzerland by Swiss enterprises. Now, Germany's export ban has cut off Switzerland's supply chain.


The Italian people used to shout the slogan "freedom without masks". Under the epidemic, the whole country of Italy was closed and the government stated that it was not allowed to export protective equipment without prior permission. Austria said it would ban people from Italy unless they could provide health certificates. Schools in Madrid and universities in Portugal have been closed... Under the outbreak, individuals and businesses are trying to adapt to new restrictions.


There is an abnormal shortage of masks and other materials in various countries, including the United States. According to CNBC, the U.S. Department of health and human services (HHS) recently said that if the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States becomes a "comprehensive" pandemic, about 3.5 billion medical grade N95 masks will be needed, compared with only 35 million currently, and the existing inventory only accounts for 1% of the demand. On March 6 local time, President trump signed an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill, some of which will be used to purchase 500 million masks.


In order to alleviate the problem of supply and demand of masks in China, the United States announced the elimination of tariffs on medical materials such as masks in China. French radio and television reported that the United States had moved most of its mask manufacturing plants to China in recent years, with more than 90% of masks coming from China. Recently, white house trade consultant Navarro said that the United States is determined to recall four American companies from China to the United States, bringing about a billion masks of production capacity.