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China and US must cooperate to lead world out of coronavirus danger

Both sides have chipped away at global coordination in recent years

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Donald Trump speaks at a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak on Feb. 29: recriminations and scapegoating do nothing to halt the spread of disease.   © Reuters

James Steinberg is a politics professor at Syracuse University and a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.

The international response to the COVID pandemic is a watershed moment in the evolution of the international order. At time when the value of global interdependence and international cooperation is already under assault from politicians and popular movements around the world, national leaders and international institutions face a fundamental test: can they turn back the growing tide of inward-looking, zero-sum policies to meet this critical challenge?

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