Are Iran, Italy paying hefty price for ties with China?

Citing the COVID-19’s transmission route, the social media users have gone sarcastic about the name China has given to reviving its ‘Silk Road’ the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and have asked it to rename ‘One Belt One Road One Virus.’

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March 19, 2020

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Are Iran, Italy paying hefty price for ties with China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Qingdao of China in 2018. (File Photo/ankasam.org)

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KATHMANDU: The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan of China, has now swept through 176 countries, infected close to 221,268 people worldwide, and is responsible for more than 8,997 deaths as of March 19.

Citing the COVID-19’s transmission route, the social media users have gone sarcastic about the name China has given to reviving its ‘Silk Road’ the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and have asked it to rename ‘One Belt One Road One Virus.’

The twitter originating from Europe is getting ‘trending’ these days. Italy and Iran the second and third corona hard-hit countries are known to be soft towards China’s unabated expansionism and ‘imperialism’ in a new form.

The Chinese claim about its successful taming of COVID-19 is also not much trustworthy as most of the information comes after manipulation by the state.

In this condition, supporting the BRI project or attempting to lead it further through Chinese workers can turn a call for being ‘hard hit’.

China is leading the world in the number of confirmed cases and deaths. What many people find shocking is that Italy and Iran are the second- and third-hardest hit nations in this outbreak.

Social media users say both countries, Iran and Italy, though geographically far from the epicenter of the outbreak, have been suffering now mainly due to their close ties with Beijing – especially through the BRI.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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