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The whole world has been affected by the pandemic, but few industries have been hit as hard as commercial air travel. Not since the shutdown of flights following the World Trade Center attacks, the worldwide SARS pandemic, and the global recession of 2008, has the airline industry been so close to ruin. As the world struggles to recover, what will be the impact of the pandemic on the airline industry? 1. Loss of Revenue In 2020, the global estimate of the loss in revenue alone was 391 billion USD [1], and with the pandemic still ravaging the world, the estimates

According to the Pew Research Poll 2020, negative impressions about China have reached a historic high in most Western countries including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Canada and the USA. The polling had begun ten years ago, but China had never been in a more unfavourable position than it is in 2020. In the UK, almost three-quarters of the population (raising the number by 19%) see China in a negative light. In the USA, negative views of China had already increased since 20% ever since Trump assumed office. The numbers shot up by another 13% in 2020. This rise

An alliance of 39 countries rebuked China at UN for its actions at Hong Kong and Xinjiang. This group included the UK, Us and Germany. The allegations include forced labour, killings, torture and sterilization.   The German ambassador Christopher Heusgen said, “Widespread surveillance disproportionately continues to target Uighurs and other minorities, and more reports are emerging of forced labour and forced birth control including sterilization.” He also said that the Chinese authorities should respect basic human rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.   Beijing retaliated by saying that the camps holding hundreds