Will They Ever Learn?: Chinese Markets Back to Selling Bats as Lockdown is Lifted

The coronavirus pandemic affected every part of the globe, and many nations are still struggling with the curve of this novel virus. However, in China things seem to go back to normal, and the officials even let markets to work as usual. The images from Dongguan Market have instantly gone viral making us wonder was this Chinese government measure too soon considering the fact that the origin of the virus was in China and coming form that exact market.

The rest of the world, including USA is still vigorously fighting against the virus that took the highest toll, many human lives.

The opening of Chinese markets faced harsh criticism because there is a high probability that China is to be blamed for the start of the virus in the first place, and going back to normal could possibly mean a global threat.

The Dongguan Market is open, and once you set a foot in it, things are just before, meaning “a medicine seller getting back to business with a sign advertising bats, cats and dogs stuffed into cages, and ducks and rabbits skinned next to one another on a floor covered with guts”.

Although market vendors have resumed business as usual, this action has appalled the whole world bringing harsh criticism and xenophobia from many people worldwide.

The Mail correspondent for China reports the following:

 “Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there’s nothing to worry about any more. It’s just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned. The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus. The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before”.

There is no doubt that there is a great interest coming from the European and American journalists since the pandemic was initiated from China. There must be someone to blame for the current situation and there have been many outlets that criticized Chinese cultural practices. This only adds fire to the already raging flames of the theories about the spread of this novel virus and who is responsible for its appearance. This just brings another layer of complexity to this pandemic spiced with racial elements of discourse surrounding COVID-19.

According to experts, the Wuhan’s markets in China were the first outbreak of the virus, but China is fighting this initiating a campaign that the virus originated in Italy during the autumn of last year. Plus, there is a belief in China that the United States army may be accountable for bringing the virus into China.

We are living in challenging and complex times and the role of racial and national conflict in this crisis cannot be underestimated. However, all this pecking and blaming each other is not helping in the real battle against COVID-19. This virus can be quickly and efficiently stopped if there is global cooperation and teamwork, and not only national one.