Hurricane Harvey: Nearly a week after one of the most destructive storms in US history slammed into the Texas coast, life is yet to become normal in the region. Total death toll has climbed up to 47, which is expected to rise. The authorities are still looking for survivors, while thousands of rescue teams are helping people affected by the deluge.
Harvey is a tropical cyclone, which has caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas. In the wake of the hurricane, China’s state-sponsored Global Times has hit out at the US for allegedly failing to manage the situation, despite being a superpower.
In an editorial today, the Chinese daily said, “The problem is that people’s livelihoods are not placed as a priority in the US system. The rulers in the US care most about how to satisfy public opinion and how to seek an advantageous position in the next elections. But this has nothing to do with people’s livelihoods and the authorities need not shoulder responsibility for the long-term interests of the public.”
Trying to explain the root cause, the Chinese daily, which is popular for its hawkish stand on many issues of international concern, says” “The nature of capitalism is interests, and those with capital turn their interests into a nation’s laws and policies. That may be the root cause.”
The editorial seeks to compare the US with China and concludes, Beijing can do better than the US in rescue relief sometimes. “If there is a hurricane or flood in China, officials at both the local level and the central level are required to participate in on-site rescue relief and the whole of the nation is united. China’s resources and technical abilities are not as good as the US, but the importance China attaches to disasters makes up for these shortcomings, so China can perform better than the US in rescue relief sometimes,” it said.
It also claimed that as compared to China, “relief work in the US is burdened with bureaucracy and redundant procedures. The state government and the federal government shirk responsibilities to each other.”
Taking a dig at the “Superpower US”, it said, “US carrier fleets cruise all the oceans and its overseas military bases spread all over the world. But when a hurricane comes, it acts like a developing country.”