Dr. Un Kheang, Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, United States and a Board Member at Cambodia Development Center.
The recent unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the responses from the governments of China and the United States served as a yardstick testing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Beijing Consensus and Washington Consensus. China’s successes showed that an authoritarian government can have strong capacity not only in promoting economic growth but also in responding to crises while the dismal responses by the government of the United States highlight the fragility of democratic systems in times of crisis. However, China’s attempt for re-configuration will surely face push back from the US and the EU.
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