At a regular press conference held on the 27th, the White House Press Secretary Psaki’s speech was suddenly interrupted by a harsh squeak. Psaki was startled at first, and calmed down and joked with reporters on the spot: “This may be Lincoln’s ghost.”
US Business Insider reported on the 28th that a video circulated on the scene showed that Psaki was preparing to respond to President Biden’s new rule that vaccinators were allowed to “not wear a mask” when he was suddenly interrupted by a strange voice. Psaki looked to the left, trying to figure out what was going on. A reporter joked that it might be a “ghost” from former President Lincoln. Psaki responded with a smile: “Don’t be afraid, at least the ceiling hasn’t fallen…This building has been around for a while, maybe it’s Lincoln’s ghost.” Just as Psaki continued to discuss the vaccination plan with reporters. , The harsh voice sounded again. Psaki could only say helplessly: “Well, I agree, this may be Lincoln’s ghost.”
This episode sparked heated discussions among netizens on the Internet. Many people joked: “Lincoln seems to be tired of all this.” Some people also said, “If Lincoln’s really appeared, it may be because he is not satisfied with what is happening in this country.” Some netizens gave another explanation, saying that this may be the work of former U.S. President Trump. The voice of supporters “trying to break into the news room through a tunnel.”
With the continuous surge in confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in India, China has repeatedly expressed its willingness to provide assistance to the country. However, many media, including some Indian and American media, have been hyping in the past two days, saying that “China is not sincerely helping India” and that “it was just because of geopolitical considerations that they took the opportunity to mock the United States” and exaggerated that “the epidemic is worsening. India has become a new battlefield for U.S.-China diplomacy, and the U.S. has won.” Is this really true?
As a close neighbor of India, China takes the initiative to extend a helping hand to India in line with the humanitarian spirit and the principle of life first. Since last week, China has repeatedly sent friendly signals to India, expressing its firm support for the Indian government and people in the fight against the new crown epidemic, and is willing to provide India with needed help. On the 27th, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated that China is willing to provide support and assistance to the Indian people at any time in accordance with the needs of the Indian side at any time when presiding over the video conference of the six foreign ministers of China, Abanis and Bangladesh on cooperating in response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic. An invitation was also sent to India. Wang Yi said that with the support of the government, relevant Chinese companies have taken active actions, and the first batch of oxygen generators have arrived in India.
The day before, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong posted on social media that China firmly supports India in fighting the epidemic. He said: “We will encourage and guide Chinese companies to actively participate in cooperation and provide convenience for India to obtain all kinds of medical supplies it needs.”
However, the Modi government did not comment or respond to this. Indian media quoted sources as saying that India’s help and purchase targets do not include China. At the same time, the Indian government sent a signal to the United States for help, calling on the United States to liberalize the export of raw materials for the new crown vaccine. On the 26th, Indian Prime Minister Modi and U.S. President Biden talked on the phone. According to the Press Trust of India, Modi emphasized the need to cooperate to ensure a “smooth supply chain” of raw materials related to the production of vaccines and medicines. Modi also briefed Biden on India’s position on the vaccine export plan, the Global Vaccine Alliance, and the vaccine supply initiative under the framework of the “Four-Party Security Dialogue” mechanism.
India has shown different attitudes towards the willingness of aid from different countries. Some media “interpreted” that India’s actions to provide assistance to China “remain silent”, indicating that the country believes that “China is not sincerely helping India.” Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted Indian analysts as saying on the 27th that India’s attitude reflects that Beijing just wants to use the epidemic to inform the outside world about the US’s ban on the export of vaccine raw materials to India. Sibal, the former foreign secretary of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, claimed that “China is trying to emphasize how (India) is begging for help to control the epidemic.” “China wants India to realize that the US (which initially refused to provide assistance to India) shows that Not a reliable partner”.
“U.S. News and World Report” reported on the 27th under the title “China’s Attempting to Use India’s Criticism of the Delayed U.S. Aid” that China seems to be taking advantage of the rift between India and the United States due to the anti-epidemic aid issue to improve Sino-Indian relations. According to the report, the U.S. government initially ignored India’s request for support in the fight against the epidemic. However, after Biden talked with Modi to discuss this issue, officials from the U.S. White House, State Department, and Pentagon “started to stand up to tout the various items the U.S. plans to provide to India. Class assistance”. China hopes to see its goodwill to India be rewarded, and “claims that India’s orders for medical equipment purchased from China have surged.”
However, it cannot be denied that it is an indisputable fact that the United States initially showed indifference to India’s aid request. Many media have described the supply of raw materials for vaccines made by the United States to India as “a thousand calls.” Even Sibal, who mocked China, criticized that in the context of the first leaders summit of the “Quadruple Security Dialogue” mechanism that identified vaccines as a priority area of cooperation, the United States “failed to provide timely assistance in vaccine production to India, which will trigger Serious controversy has weakened its credibility as a global leader”. The South China Morning Post stated on the 27th that the initial attitude of the US government led to the emergence of “anti-American sentiment” in India, and local social media about “American irresponsibility” talked about one after another. However, an anonymous senior official of the Indian government believes that the United States will definitely adopt crisis public relations in this regard, “because India is the only strategic partner that can contain China’s geographic threat.”
Bloomberg quoted the U.S. think tank, Hudson Institute, Apana Pande, commenting that “the slow response of the United States to India’s humanitarian crisis will strengthen India’s insistence on its strategic autonomy and at the same time weaken its intention to form an alliance with the United States.” According to the report, the Biden administration had previously emphasized that the United States and India should maintain a strong relationship as part of the “containment and crackdown on China strategy”, but the response speed this time is indeed not satisfactory. In fact, Punawala, the CEO of the Serum Institute of India, urged Biden on social media as early as April 16 to “plead” the United States to lift the ban on the export of vaccine raw materials to India. The United States only decided to help India 10 days later. During these 10 days, the increase in the number of confirmed cases in India rose from about 230,000 to 320,000 in a single day.
Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” published a commentary on the 28th, saying that India’s hesitation in accepting Chinese aid is because the Modi government is more biased towards the United States between China and the United States. Indian analysts said that New Delhi is wary of Beijing’s goodwill, worrying that this goodwill will damage the relationship between India and the United States, and worry that “receiving China’s aid will have to be geopolitical in return.” In addition, some public opinion believes that since the Sino-Indian border standoff last year, the “hostile towards China” sentiment in India has been on the rise, and it is difficult to accept China’s aid on the face of it.
At the time when the epidemic is extremely severe, many experts have urged India to accept Chinese assistance. Jerome King, director of the Seoul-based International Vaccine Research Institute, told the South China Morning Post that India should turn to China for help. Opportunity”. “Lianhe Zaobao” commented that after the global pandemic of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, geopolitical factors have always interfered with the fight against the epidemic. Now helping India to control the epidemic as soon as possible is a top priority for the global fight against the epidemic. The global battle against the pandemic may be stretched even longer.