Well, this is certainly going to piss off the tangerine toddler.

Courtesy of NYT:

As most of the world still struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, China is showing once again that a fast economic rebound is possible when the virus is brought firmly under control.

The Chinese economy surged 4.9 percent in the July-to-September quarter compared with the same months last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday. The robust performance brings China almost back up to the roughly 6 percent pace of growth that it was reporting before the pandemic.

Many of the world’s major economies have climbed quickly out of the depths of a contraction last spring, when shutdowns caused output to fall steeply. But China is the first to report growth that significantly surpasses where it was at this time last year. The United States and other nations are expected to report a third-quarter surge too, but they are still behind or just catching up to pre-pandemic levels.

China’s lead could widen further in the months to come. It has almost no local transmission of the virus now, while the United States and Europe face another accelerating wave of cases.

According to the John Hopkins Coroanvirus Center (Link), China has only reported a little over 90,000 cases with less than 5,000 dead. 

I am always a little skeptical of what I hear out of China, but even if that is only mostly accurate that would indicate that the Chinese got a handle on this virus fairly quickly and made the necessary hard choices that protected its citizens but also helped with its economic recovery. 

I don’t think it is prudent to look to China for ideas on how America should respond to a pandemic that still has us on the ropes, but it is clear that we need to accept that what Trump did was possibly one of the worst responses on the planet. 

We can do better, and hopefully, we will do better with different leadership. 

So let’s make that happen folks.