New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the process of establishing the proper strategy for reopening his state. He wants a strategy that is free of all Trump related meddling as well. Cuomo does not want to be left in a position where President Trump is able to take all of the credit for what transpires.
He is also worried about the prospect of reopening too soon and allowing the virus to spread further. McKinsey & Company is the consultant firm that he has hired to assist with this process. This choice might not seem all that unusual at first but those who know this firm’s history think otherwise.
While the firm is highly experienced, they are more problematic than most realize. McKinsey & Company has very close ties with the Chinese Communist Party, ties that date back for decades. The One Belt, One Road initiative was launched with their assistance. When it was time to promote these efforts globally, McKinsey & Company were chosen.
Their reports were cited by a wide range of state-owned media outlets, as the program was discussed in glowing terms. Later known as the Belt Road Initiative, this program was designed to allow China to further sink its hooks into various foreign government. Their primary objective was a simple one: gain further control over the global supply chain.
When you head to the firm’s website, you’ll find that they are very pleased with this association. They want their potential clients to know that they are receiving at least 30 percent of their business from the state-owned enterprises and government organizations that remain under Chinese Communist Party control.
Another sizable portion of their business is derived from multinational corporations that are either based in China or have strong ties with the country. The firm’s strategies all seem to follow a similar path. Large corporations are told that they need to start sending their employment offshore. Of course, they consistently emphasize the importance of sending everything to China.
General Motors and IBM are past clients. Both of these companies are well known for outsourcing their supply chains and their employment. McKinsey even held one of their corporate retreats in China and they chose a location that was startlingly close to one of the country’s most well-known concentration camps: Uyghur.
It’s hard to believe that this firm would have the best interests of any American state at heart. How can Andrew Cuomo possibly place his trust in a firm that is well known for directing all employment and business to China? If they are going to work with the New York governor, he is not going to be able to endorse policies that do not paint the Chinese Communist Party in a positive light.
If nothing else, the CCP will be portrayed as a neutral force in the handling of the pandemic. McKinsey & Company is not going to work with anyone that is willing to speak in a negative manner about the Chinese Communist Party. This is something that the governor should have been ready to consider when it was time to choose the right consultant firm.
An American consulting firm would have been able to provide the same level of assistance, without any of the unsavory affiliations. The Chinese handling of the coronavirus has left a lot to be desired and it is hard to see why Andrew Cuomo would make such a choice. While we are not out of the woods yet, Cuomo has been optimistic about where the state is in the mitigation cycle.
As long as the proper steps continue to be taken, New York will be able to reopen sooner rather than later. Social distancing should continue for awhile longer and Cuomo has remained committed to the May 15 reopen date. No one knows if this date is going to be met but it provides New York residents with a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
Hopefully, the restrictions are not going to be lifted before it is time and this is a common worry for many American citizens. Everyone would like to get back to normal as soon as possible but there is something to be said for remaining levelheaded. If we return to work too quickly, the virus will continue to spread.
If we wait too long, the economy’s recovery is in jeopardy. It’s a very tough needle to thread and state governors like Andrew Cuomo are doing their absolute best. In the meantime, the last thing that any US leader needs is an unwanted affiliation with the Chinese Communist Party.