Until about the third week of January, only a handful of pharmaceutical executives and pharmaceutical inspectors were making sure that most of the world's antibiotic shipments depended on a handful of Chinese factories. These include a cluster in Inner Mongolia, a northern province with windy deserts, pastures and unsightly industrial cities. Then came the Kovid-19 outbreak, and quarantine control shut down factories, ports and entire cities across China.
Chinese leaders claim they are on the right track to conquer the virus, thereby reopening "leading enterprises and key links with important influence" in global supply chains. Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking to 170,000 officials via video conference on February 23, said defeating the new coronavirus would once again demonstrate "the noticeable advantages of Communist Party of China leadership. At the same time, even if all these bravadoes are justified, foreign governments and business leaders will quickly forget a frightening lesson: For some vital products, they depend on one country.