Pandemic Portends a New Normal for Security
Richard J. Hu
Taiwan Demonstrates Healthcare Proficiency
Biodefense Unit Needed to Safeguard Public Health
Crisis has Implications for National Security
Lessons from SARS Unheeded by Communist Party
Patrick Mendis & Joey Wang
Chinese Propaganda Spins Epidemic Response
Outbreaks Represent National Security Threats
From The Editor
The editors and publishers of Strategic Vision offer our best wishes in these trying times to our readers through- out Taiwan and around the world. It is our most sincere hope that you and your families are keeping safe and healthy dur- ing the current global pandemic, which has left no corner of the world untouched. Given the widespread impact of COVID-19, we have made this issue a special issue offering an analysis of the many facets of the current crisis and how it will inevitably impact cross-strait and regional security.
We begin with an article by Richard J. Hu that takes a look at the big picture and how the pandemic will have long-lasting, and in some cases paradigm-shifting, effects in several security- related fields. Next, Ruei-lin Yu looks at how Taiwan’s exemplary response to the crisis serves as compelling evidence to support greater inclusion for the country in the international healthcare and medical bodies such as the World Health Organization.
Lipin Tien examines the need for a dedicated biodefense unit in Taiwan, given the impact of the coronavirus and the impli- cations this has for the potential use of biological weapons by an enemy. This is followed by an analysis of the implications of the pandemic on Taiwan’s national security, written by Strategic Vision’s Editor, Fu-kuo Liu.
Following this, Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang look at how the Chinese Communist Party mishandled the initial outbreak of the virus after it first emerged in Wuhan, and how this shows that the Party failed to learn the hard lessons from SARS. Following up on this theme, Hon-min Yau examines Beijing’s propaganda efforts as the regime attempts to control the narrative in the domestic and international press. Finally, Chung-young Chang looks at what the pandemic could teach security planners, and how disease outbreaks such as the current one must be perceived as national security threats.
We hope our readers find this issue helpful as we all try to put the current global crisis into perspective and find ways to move forward. Again, we implore or readers to stay safe, follow com- munity procedures for minimizing the spread of the disease, and keep their loved ones out of harm’s way in these turbulent times. It has been said before, but we wish to reiterate: though we have to maintain social distancing practices, we will get through this together.
-Dr. Fu-Kuo Liu
Editor Strategic Vision