EU crowns China the winner as it bans US visitors, but considers Chinese tourists
The European Union has said it will open its borders to many overseas visitors, but not to Americans. More galling, it also plans to allow in tourists from China if authorities there reciprocate and approve travel by Europeans.
This development is not only deeply embarrassing, but also threatening to our economic recovery, our sense of freedom, and potentially our national security. If America is to continue having substantial economic influence in Europe, we must be able to travel between our two continents.
Yet no clear measures have been put into place for cross-border travel – and it has been more than a month since President Trump declared that the U.S. would soon open borders to countries in Europe with lower rates of infection.
The bureaucratic malaise must end. If the European Union, comprising many nations can put a clear plan in place, then the U.S. should be able to act faster and do better.
We know that China has a plan. Having lived in Beijing in 2008 and 2009, working with U.S. and Chinese officials to expand travel between our countries at the time, I know first-hand about the strategy and the stakes.
China is now in a better position to advance its longtime strategy to take over America’s influential role in Europe. This strategy will work so long as we are distracted internally while they are totally focused on their objective.
If Americans are banned from travel to countries while tourists from China are not, and Europeans are banned from coming to America but they can go to China, that means American businesses, jobs and futures are at peril of not recovering from this global crisis that originated in China.
China wins, America loses. And in the long run, Europe loses as well because its core democratic values are not shared by China.
Travel and tourism are some of the most effective forms of diplomacy, allowing for people-to-people shared experiences.
Historically, Americans love traveling to Europe and vice-versa. Europeans spend billions of dollars each year in America which employs many millions of Americans.
They like to stay in our hotels, most now running less than 20 percent occupancy, so America especially needs them.
American hospitality workers from housekeeping to front desk to management need them. American owners of hotels needing to make their mortgage payments need them.
So what is a solution given the current situation? One practical and immediate step would be for the U.S. and Germany to initiate a pilot program allowing lower-risk travelers to fly between designated gateway locations in our countries starting as soon as possible under agreed guidelines which can be monitored before opening travel with more countries and gateways. This would solve the concerns over COVID spreading in certain areas of America.
Before becoming President, Donald Trump was successful in the hospitality industry. He knows first-hand how travelers keep the lights on for hotel companies.
The Recovery Task Force and CDC know that screened travelers from European countries with low infection rates are fundamentally low risk.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50236.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
USA travel banned for EU due to covid 19 and now EU is doing the same due to high number of covid positive cases in USA there's nothing politics but yahoo sounds like making it an issue .
When Europe was the hotspot, we banned travel from there. This is how it's done.
As for China, well, falling further under China's economic control is the EU's problem.
The 6 largest EU countries have a similar population size to the USA and have A HIGHER DEATH RATE than the USA.
The COVID-19 really puts this country under his knee and exposes a lot of system shortcomings in fighting the pandemics. We can win the war in fighting other countries, but we don't have the right systems to fight the enemies within this country due to we are not united at all to fight this COVID-19.
My my how quickly Europe has forgotten about America saving them in ww2. Well I guess we can pull out troops from Europe and bring them home.