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   Vol. 19 No. 55
Wednesday July 29, 2020

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Vaccine Airlift Needs Planning

Joachim Frigger     “Much will depend on which manufacturer will get the approval for their vaccine. There will be a mad rush and the logistics may be under control of the shipper or importer. It is very difficult to predict where the vaccine will be coming from and who will be the initial consignee. The vaccine could come from Europe, Asia, Russia or North America.
     “Distribution is generally not a problem, we would set up regions.
     “Customs and FDA import procedures may be a hurdle as well as the proficiency of the exporter and importer. Maybe the government is the buyer and wants central control.
     “The transportation and logistics itself would not be too difficult once we know what needs to be done.
     “In any event, we're ready should this come our way; right now there are many unpredictable elements.”

                                                                 Jo Frigger, Chairman-EMOTrans

Our Readers in The Write

     Usually we talk to people up and down the supply chain and then write what is commonly referred to in the press as a “tell story.”
     Thinking hypothetically: what if a vaccine for COVID-19 were announced next month?
     We need your help to tell the story of how air cargo can deliver the world.
     How would air cargo safely deliver this life saving serum from manufacturers to people everywhere?
     If you are hands-on air cargo, in an office, a warehouse, a ramp, a university or a drug company, now is the time to speak up.
     The challenge is in front of us and needs everyone to lean in right now so that when the cure comes, air cargo will be able to meet the day as the delivery vehicle.
     We need to strategize how this precious life-giving cargo—presumably in the form of liquid—will be delivered to the world with capacity, cool chain requirements, and handling restraints currently in place.

Questions & Answers

     Obviously, there are questions and limitations in our ability to handle so much vaccine at once due to grounded aircraft and the need for other commodities to move.
     Our take is that air cargo is inventive, fast on its feet, and very entrepreneurial.
     Just look at how PPE moved in 2020. Like the Berlin Airlift of 1948, air cargo brought salvation to millions and there was global recognition for air cargo’s ability to deliver masks, gloves, and ventilators to destinations worldwide.

Today Is Today

     Now in a world where there is no tomorrow, where everyone is clamoring, praying, and hoping for deliverance from COVID-19, how will air cargo step up and deliver vaccines?

Into The Unkown

     That should be the topic of conversation right now.
     You have a computer and a circle or friends and colleagues in transportation, a webinar date, an online business meeting, a Zoom session, whatever.
     Talk about how we are going to deliver the vaccine, write to each other and speak in plain terms to share ideas.
     Forget about being out of the box or in one.

No Box At All

     Getting the vaccine to everyone needs thinking with no box at all as we try and come up with some ideas to get the medicine out to everyone.
     We do not need naysayers who only predict that we are incapable of handling the rush because of all the grounded airplanes or not enough cool cans in this world.
     The vaccine may have to be wrapped in bags of ice with extra handlers to change out the containers. We cannot fear being primitive.
     Air cargo has never shied away from pioneering new ideas when the call for help came.
     Right now, it is no overstatement to say that the world needs air cargo expertise, imagination, and heart to come up with a plan at once to deliver beyond what we might think is possible.

Be Like Jo

     Like industry leader Joachim Frigger, Chairman of EMO Trans who speaks up at the top of this page, share your thoughts and ideas.
     When the virus solution is developed, are current supply chains today going to be able to provide the proper distribution channels needed to deliver the vaccine? If not, why?
     What can be done that is not in the playbook right now?
     Do you believe there is adequate transport available today?
     What type of transport requirements will be needed? i.e., handling, temp control, timing? What else might be utilized on a short-term emergency basis?
     Do you expect that distribution will be between major cities or do you see the air transport sector going into smaller area and locations?
     Have you been talking yet to your transport partners and your own people in meeting shipping requirements?
     Do you feel governments should be involved in the distribution process?
     Have there been any discussions with government officials on distribution?
     How do you see the involvement of the CDC and WHO?
     Of course, you should write to us and we will share.
     This is not about us. There is no time to waste in a year already more than half lost.
     Together, if we put our minds to this challenge, we can help save the world.

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U.S. China Across The Great Divide

   The brace of powerful USA aircraft carriers on maneuvers in the South China Sea (SCS) in the past weeks sends a powerful message to China that the U.S. and others will not be driven off the waters that the CCP has been treating recently as its own private lake.
   The implications for trade are underscored as SCS drives USD$7 trillion in trade annually.
   But in broader thinking , push has finally come to shove.
   If we exclude any type of armed conflict, which for two countries the size and technical sophistication of the United States and China would truly be catastrophic, the objectives and field of conflict become rather clear.
   What is going on in 2020 is an economic and world view conflict between a closed authoritarian state and open liberal democratic systems of governance.
   Specifically, how this heightened tension between the two top world economies impacts overall trade remains an open question.
Christopher Balding    “One thing for certain,” a source told me, “the COVID-19 development has opened up eyes and thoughts about China around the world and there is no going back.”
   In addition to the lockdown now entering its fifth month, there has been a lot going on in all things China lately.
   As Professor Christopher Balding, (right) a China expert at the Fulbright Institute, notes:
   “Since the ascendance of Great Leader Xi in late 2012, China has made no secret of its muscular foreign policy from the South China Sea to Uyghurs in Xinjiang and to economic and industrial warfare around the world.”

Long Time Coming

   “This strain of Chinese foreign policy began well before President Trump and will outlast a one or two-term President Trump.
   “The conflict with China is not due to needing better communication or better understanding.
   “The reality is that the policies that China is executing now have been planned and discussed clearly for years. Xinjiang, Taiwan, South China Sea, economic protectionism, Hong Kong, techno-authoritarianism, are clearly stated objectives by China across a variety of institutional formats that have been discussed widely within formal governmental forums and permissible propaganda type forums.
   “To argue that the current escalated conflict is due to poor communication between the USA and China is nothing less than staggering ignorance about what China has stated clearly and repeatedly as its objectives.”

Careful Consideration Planned

   “Official and unofficial China has thought long and hard about their preferred policy path and have the agency to make their own decisions about how to proceed.
   “Most people at the beginning believed this was a simple trade dispute between China and the United States, “ Christopher Balding said.

Fundamental Values

   “The conflict between China and the United States is a fundamental conflict between the values of open liberal democracy with human rights, and free markets at its core versus the closed authoritarian state-centric governance system of China.”

China & The World

   “This is not a conflict about specific policies,” Balding notes, “but rather about an entire system of human governance.
   “We are afforded a couple of principles moving forward about how to frame this conflict.
   “First, openness and engagement is relatively pointless with the objective to change Chinese government policy.
   “Openness is good and useful policy across many policy domains and it still should be pursued pretty generally, but we must realize it has little to no impact on changing Chinese government policy in a range of areas that would fit U.S. government satisfactory policy sets or ranges.”

For Example

   “If openness and engagement with China actually changed Chinese government policy in the general direction of the U.S. or developed country democracy acceptable sets, the past 20 years would have yielded vastly different outcomes than where we currently stand.”
   “If anything, the generalized policy of openness and engagement towards China has been shown to produce the opposite of its claimed outcome.”
   “A common argument is that better communication or negotiation strategies will give the U.S. influence.
   “However, the CCP will never negotiate its authoritarian stranglehold on China willingly,” Professor Balding declared.

Cold War 2.0

   “We are entering Cold War 2.0.” Professor Balding claims the new landscape will require United States competing and challenging China across virtually every policy domain about how best to project liberal open democratic, human rights, free market vision on to the world.
   “Whether this is new international institutional arrangements or competing telecommunications standards or development funding for lesser developed countries, the United States must be prepared to challenge and compete with China across every policy domain.
   “The United States has been waking up to these challenges and is moving to address them but an enormous amount of work remains ahead,” Christopher Balding declared.

Choosing Up Sides

   “We can already see evolving soft alliances with China surrounding itself with DPRK, Iran, Syria, and other authoritarian states and building up other authoritarian states as well.
   “This framework provides a few clear implications for the USA and others, on how to approach the China challenge.
   “Just as China has built its own salad bowl of bilateral and multilateral institutions, the United States must challenge and compete with China, whether in Asia or Latin America to work with countries that aspire to the same values.

Challenging Situation

   “The USA must ‘challenge’ countries that align themselves with China, just as it took issue with allies funding the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

Across The Great Divide

   “We have crossed the Rubicon and China has laid bare their intentions.
   “We cannot return to the days of blissful ignorance when the learned could feign ignorance on the goals, objectives, and intentions of China.
   “That’s the reality.
   “This is the conflict,” Professor Christopher Balding declared.

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