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Authoritarian and nationalistic forces may be seizing on COVID-19 as an opportunity to restrict people and businesses to stay within their borders, but in the long run, the forces of technology, economic development and human curiosity will not be contained. Globalization has its downside, making governance in the public interest more difficult and complex, but instead of trying to shut it down, we need to figure out how to make it work. We are a planet that will remain governed by sovereign nations, but we need to get better at regulating global commerce. It doesn’t help that we have a president who is trying to make hatred of China a campaign theme—threatening harmless apps like TikTok and We Chat and trying to rename COVID-19 the “China Virus.” It also doesn’t help that China’s President Xi Jinping continues to consolidate power, and while less flamboyant than Trump, pushes a “China first” agenda similar to the American president’s “America first” policy stance.

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