China has a unique way of combating the new Monkey Pox outbreak that was just announced by chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wu Zunyou.
While the rest the world has announced avoiding contact with known infected members and practicing basic sanitation measures like washing hands and bed clothes, China has added an additional measure: Chinese citizens should avoid “contact with foreigners.”
As soon as the CDC in China made the announcement on the social media site, Weibo, comments immediately went up. “How racist is this? What about the ones like me who have been living in China for almost ten years?” One foreigner wrote. “We haven’t seen our families in like 3-4 years due to borders being closed,” wrote another Weibo user, who appeared to be foreign.
Though the new rule might seem racist at first, it actually very conveniently goes hand-in-hand with China’s goal to restrict contact with foreign missionaries. In 2019, China increased their pressure on foreign missionaries and since Covid-19, more missionaries have been forced out of the country.
China sees foreign missionaries as a major problem. Foreign missionaries have been providing Bibles that China has tried to restrict over and over. They have provided training that China has banned and they have provided support that China feels is a direct threat to national security.
Now, with Monkey Pox, China has added another reason to avoid contact with foreign missionaries, regardless of how racist it sounds to the rest of the world.