During his live broadcast on Monday, Feb 10, Chinese dissident Miles Guo cautioned that multinational corporations would have to flee China to void lawsuits. Workers who are asked to go back to work can use the notification as evidence to sue their employers regardless of their decisions whether to take the health risks to return to work.
Extended Chinese New Year Holiday due to epidemic
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak occurred during the Chinese New Year holiday, which was officially extended to curb the spread of the virus serving the purpose of self-quarantine.
Most of the workplaces in China were closed for Chinese New Year as a tradition. But having people go back to work now may undo the self-quarantine because Wuhan pneumonia is asymptomatic with a long incubation period of up to 20 or even 40 days.
160 million people returning to work could worsen the epidemic
China’s Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday (11th) that another 160 million people are expected to go back to their workplaces within a week.
Zhong Nanshan, the expert group leader of the health committee, said in an exclusive interview with the Reuters that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus might end in April. But Zhong also warned that resuming work at this time could worsen the epidemic.
Nationalize property in the name of epidemic prevention
In Guangdong province, the government of Guangzhou and Shenzhen have been authorized by the Provincial People’s Congress to legally requisition people’s property for epidemic prevention work, which takes effect immediately.
Xu Yahua, director of the China Transportation Services Department, said at a press conference of the State Council on Tuesday (11th) that as of Monday (10th), Sichuan, Guangdong, Hunan, Shandong, Jiangsu, Fujian and other inter-provincial and intercity passenger transport operations have gradually resumed.
It is expected that 160 million people will return to work within a week.
Government employees are preparing to return to work while the epidemic is still in full swing.
In response to the delayed reopening of enterprises, institutions and factories due to Wuhan pneumonia epidemic, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that the degree of impact depended on the progress and effectiveness of the epidemic prevention and control. He emphasized that the Chinese government had the ability to minimize the impact of the epidemic on its economy.
Geng Shuang also said that China contributed to over 30% of the world’s economic growth. Any impact of the mainland’s economy is bound to affect other countries. Geng Shuang also pointed out that China was fighting against the virus not only for themselves but also for the whole world.
Slave labors for GDP
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) never values the lives of its people, so having workers return to work at the most critical time of the epidemic is not a risk for the CCP. But multinational corporations are not taking any chances, because Chinese workers contracted the virus or not can sue their foreign employers.
Miles Guo said that Walmart could not even find their contacts in China to get their supplies. So foreign companies facing harsh reality are forced to flee China.
The world’s over-dependency on China
The arrogance of the Chinese Communist Party towards other countries was enabled by the world’s over-relying on products made in China.
Now the world is paying a heavy price for this dependency. The ripple effect of the epidemic will be felt globally.