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The U.S. Should Have Led the Coronavirus Response. Instead, China Stepped Up.

Dennis Ross

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Washington Post

March 20, 2020

Starting with the virtual G-20 leaders summit, the Trump administration can retake the lead by proposing working groups on a number of measures needed to stop the pandemic.

Saudi Arabia is hosting the Group of 20 summit in November of this year. But given the current crisis, the Saudis announced recently that they will convene a virtual G-20 leaders’ summit next week “to advance a coordinated response to the covid-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications.” The virtual summit is clearly needed to mobilize a response to a pandemic that respects no borders. It’s a sign of the times, however, that the United States is nowhere to be found in organizing a more coordinated global response...

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