Coronavirus is a global crisis, not a crisis of globalisation

There is no longer any doubting the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis. But we need to be clear about what kind of crisis this is. It has the potential to do global economic and human harm. But it is not the result of a flaw in the organisation of the world economy, in the way people, goods and money flow across the globe. It is a global crisis, not a crisis of globalisation.

The distinction is important, because if politicians and business leaders take the wrong lessons from this crisis, the world will be less prepared for the next.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2020, with the headline 'Coronavirus is a global crisis, not a crisis of globalisation'. Subscribe