China ramps pressure to throw open the borders

See the latest Australian dollar analysis here:

Australian dollar, markets ignore China’s viral spiral

Not mucking around, via Reuters:

China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday that it hopes countries will lift virus-related travel restrictions as soon as possible, in line with guidance from the World Health Organization and International Civil Aviation Organization.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will continue to lobby authorities to subsidize airlines hurt by travel curbs due to the coronavirus, Xiong Jie, a CAAC official, told a media briefing.

They’ve barely started to manipulate the data and the pressure begins.

Don’t get me wrong, the lockdown may well be impacting the spread. But if it is, why would we open the border?

I don’t want be tin foil hat about it but I fear that the CCP knows it can’t beat the virus without destroying its economy so the next bets thing is to see the virus go global so it’s off the political hook at home.

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  1. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Knowing that the whole thing is the biggest #fakenews and #alternativefacts media beat-up since Y2K we need to relax restrictions for the sake of business profits and growth!

  2. Even StevenMEMBER

    Let me put it this way: ANY Australian politician, at this time, that speaks in favour of lifting travel bans will be so far into my sh!t books that they will have no chance of being redeemed. Even if they could incontrovertibly demonstrate that they were the reincarnation of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa all rolled into one.

  3. BoomToBustMEMBER

    Politicians in Australia are screwed either way, because they have relied to heavily on China, if they lift the bans the public will never forgive them and vote them out (especially if the infection grows), if they don’t open the borders it will crash the economy. It’s the perfect storm.

  4. The Chinese communist party poses the biggest threat to freedom loving people of the world since Nazi Germany. All countries should use this perfect opportunity to decouple economically from the chicoms and squeeze them economically in order to delegitimise CCP rule. It’s now or never to get rid of this totalitarian regime and free the hard working ordinary good people of China.

  5. The political calculus for scomo here now is simple.

    Beyond the plain and simple health risk, he can wedge labor into oblivion because he knows they will be all over the racist identity politics angle.

    Gives him a massive amount of whataboutism for the next election.

    Also curries favour with the USA

    Also with India who is allegedly virus free “ your students are safe here keep sending them”

    • So he’s curryng favour with the Indians as well? I don’t keep up with the local politics but isn’t it more the case that currently the ALP are noticeable for being missing in action with this whole virus kerfuffle. Would they be so dumb as to throw themselves into the debate now when it is going so badly for the government (?)

    • Really China doesn’t matter. nCoV will spread through India, Bangladesh and Indonesia like wildfire. It will be completed unchecked.
      No one will know its spreading in those countries because they won’t be diagnosing it.
      Unless we preemptively close our borders to all comers it will get here soon enough.

  6. I think they have the head of the WHO in their pocket and probably top officials so it could just be a matter of time.

    At the end of the day, the CCP have already shown they care very little for the rest of the world.

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