Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Inside China’s Secret Biolab in Wuhan

Why does China have a high security, Bio-Safety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory in Wuhan? What is it, and what does it do? Is it part of a secret Chinese bioweapons research program? Is it related in any way to the novel coronavirus outbreak?

Considering that Wuhan was the original outbreak of the current COVID-19 virus pandemic, these are important questions that much of the press seems to be ignoring. But it is clear that the Chinese government doesn’t want them asked.

According to Nature, the respected International Weekly Journal of Science, this unique bio-containment laboratory in Wuhan, built with assistance from France, is only three years old. It was cleared by the Chinese government in 2017 to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens, but according to the UK’s Daily Mail, it may have only become operational ‘for global experiments on BSL-4 pathogens,’ in January 2018.

BSL-4 labs are built to contain highly infectious and lethal agents such as the Ebola, Nipah and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses, as well as SARS, coronavirus, and pandemic influenza virus.

Known as the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, it is housed within the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was specifically designed to help Chinese scientists “prepare for and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks,” according to a 2019 report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Wuhan lab is the first of between five and seven BSL-4 labs the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) plans to build across the Chinese mainland by 2025.

Nature explains that BSL-4 is the highest level of biocontainment: its criteria require scientists to wear Hazmat suits, use filtered air and treat water and waste before they leave the laboratory. Safety protocols also require researchers change clothes and shower before and after using lab facilities.

The Wuhan lab was BSL-4 certified by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS). The CNAS examined the lab’s infrastructure, equipment and management, paving the way for the Ministry of Health approval.

Chinese leaders claim the lab is for scientific research to aid the world. “It will offer more opportunities for Chinese researchers, and our contribution on the BSL‑4-level pathogens will benefit the world,” said George Gao in 2017. Gao is the director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology in Beijing.

Tim Trevan, founder of CHROME Biosafety and Biosecurity Consulting, said in Nature that China’s investment in a BSL-4 lab may, above all, be a way to prove to the world that the nation is competitive. “It is a big status symbol in biology,” he says, “whether it’s a need or not.”

However, as Nature also notes, some scientists outside China worry about pathogens escaping, and others are concerned these labs could be part of a covert biological weapons program. The plan to expand this lab into a bigger network of labs only heightens these concerns. One BSL-4 lab in Harbin is already awaiting accreditation; the next two are expected to be in Beijing and Kunming.

Back in 2017, Trevan noted in Nature that he was concerned about China’s repressive authoritarian system and culture, explaining that an open culture is important to keeping BSL-4 labs safe, and questioning how easy this will be in China, where society emphasizes hierarchy.

“Diversity of viewpoint, flat structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important,” he says. The aggressive CCP cover-up and censorship of outbreak information from Wuhan only reinforced this fear.

Meanwhile, China’s President-for-Life Xi Jinping only added fuel to the fire when on Feb. 14 told an emergency meeting in Beijing that a national system to control bio-security risks was needed “to protect the people’s health.” Xi called lab security a “national security issue.” The timing was suspicious, at best.

Free Pressers noted that soon after Xi’s Feb. 14 comments, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive titled: “Instructions on strengthening bio-security management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel Coronavirus.”

All this seems to indicate that the Chinese government has a very real problem securing its deadly pathogens.

It is also important to note that the SARS virus escaped from other high-level (BSL-3) containment facilities in Beijing multiple times before, notes Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, in Nature. Ebright is also not convinced of the need for more than one BSL-4 lab in mainland China.

He also worries that the large planned expansion of BSL-4 labs in China and its excess capacity can be used for the potential development of bioweapons.

“These facilities are inherently dual use,” Ebright says, referring to the labs being able to be used for both civilian and military purposes. Other analysts have also expressed their concerns these labs could be part of a greater covert bioweapons research program.

President Trump is right to emphasize the Chinese origins of this novel coronavirus. The world needs to demand openness and transparency from the Chinese regime, and much more oversight and investigation into the Wuhan biolab, and its planned network of sister labs.

Paul Crespo is a defense and national security expert. He served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. He holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. Paul is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and a Contributor to American Defense News.

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Paul Crespo
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Paul Crespo is a defense and national security expert. He served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. He holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. Paul is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and a Contributor to American Defense News.

57 COMMENTS

  1. It is obvious to me and many other americans that this virus was released onto the world to destroy economies, especially the USA. This is a blatant act of war, period.

      • I said that when this first was announced! Most of China could Die in this plague, along wit hall of rest of the world! The Chinese would still have enough people to take control of the planet! That is their sworn goal, and always has been!

        • And we have people right here in America who are helping China, while betraying this country like Joe Biden, some of the democrats and most of MSM are assets of China.

          • April… time to wake up!
            Just this morning and for the last two days your president Trump has been on national TV highlighting the “GREAT” job Walmart is doing in response to the Virus; connected in the same sentence with MAJOR bailout $$$ for Airlines, Auto, Oil Companies, and ???Walmart. Seriously!
            I’ve always thought Walmart = China… but now you want to call out Biden as culprit. Really!
            I too believe that China could be the likely responsible party; but I’ve read that information was presented by W. H. O and medical investigative groups to Trump about China in early January… it was TOTALLY IGNORED.
            YES, this was Fact Checked

          • Michael, The WHO indicated on January 12, 2020, that the coronavirus was NOT contagious. What I just said is fact checked. Where did you get your information from, on the WHO, the fake news? The head of the WHO is a political hack for dictators!!!!!!

          • That should read January 21, 2020, with regard to the WHO stating that the coronavirus was not contagious!!!!!

    • I have to agree with you they don`t even want to help us out with the virus they gave us. Wasn`t that ever so nice of them. They are talking about the caucacian verility? What are they putting into the food and drugs they sell us? It`s time to shut down all business with them. The Chinese are buying up Arizona & Texas no more Real Estate sales. No more moving Chinese goods on our docks let it rot. No more unloading ships with Chinese goods. It`s time to bring those jobs back Obie 2 Tone said would never happen. Make China think we will do business with them if they take full responsibility of the Wuhan virus and make reparation payments. When they pay us keep in place no dealings with China. It`s been said China want`s to be the world leader in 2025. Personally it bothers me that I have to buy fall apart Chinese goods. We are at the front door of World War 111. World War 11 we freed them from the Japanese. It`s 1939 all over again but it`s with the Chinese. It`s time they get along without us. They can argue about whatever amongst themselves.

      • Lets look at how we got here. The USA allowed Russia to have eastern Europe, and China to take control of southern Asia . The problem wasn’t the form of government but people wanting absolute power, and you see where that got us. We are led to believe that vaccines protect us, that wrong, what vaccine do is better prepare our immune system responses to new problems. Because of our lifestyles our immune systems are no longer as robust as they should be, and the results are what happening today.

    • I believe that this virus was released by an individual to warn the world what China was developing. If China released this as part of a war then we would have had 30 million or so sick people before figuring out what happened. But now we have a warning of what China is developing and we must take this very seriously. Nuclear weapons are not necessary to destroy any country

    • and to eliminate the elderly population in the world for economic reasons as well as to erase history (the real history which is no long taught in schools). The elderly and senior population who either lived through the WWII or after know the real history and they are living witnesses. They planned to re write history books and then take over. Just pay attention to the turmoil that most if not ALL nations have been going through during the past 3-4 years (sex change for kids, eliminating religion, free sex, disrespect towards everything). My opinion.

      • Our nation and its people thrived when God was welcomed in our government, our institutions and the ‘hearts and minds’ of the people. We were the supreme nation of the world; a nation often described as a “lighthouse to the world”. When he was no longer welcome, evil came in filling the hearts and minds of many with evil thoughts and behavior. It is not likely that God created the pandemic that is causing havoc around the world; it is His absence that allows it. Unfortunately too many are too blind to see. We are free to make the choice of following the One with all knowledge and wisdom or, following some human who thinks they have all knowledge and wisdom.

    • Read Michael Pillsbury’s book “China’s Hundred-Year Strategy.” This is in keeping with it. They developed in that lab to unleash on us and lost control.

    • I would not be surprised if this is bio warfare, either intentional or accidental. However, I would hate to have anyone that has commented here on a jury. Where is the evidence upon which you have convicted China? There isn’t even circumstantial evidence, only self generated rumors. Obviously, there isn’t a scientist in the bunch of commenters as there is no data or evidence. The first rumor I heard was that the virus came from eating snakes or bats. Are you all sure it didn’t come from Martians? To be clear: I don’t trust China one iota, but please how about evidence before conviction?

      • Anecdotal evidence is evidence. And there is plenty of it to at least form an educated opinion. It started in China. The Chinese then hid it from the rest of the world. When they couldn’t hide it any longer they refused help from any outsiders. They allowed millions of infected people to leave China to infect the rest of the world. There may as yet be no evidence that they did it maliciously, but they took advantage of of the situation and now seem to be in a better position, economically, versus the rest of the free world. Their plan is still working.

  2. The Wuhan Hubei Chinese Military Bio Weapons Lab coronavirus absolutely came out of this facility the ChiDems are totally responsible for the spread and the ChiDems worldwide should be executed immediately. Let’s start with the ones in the USA!

  3. The WHO should demand access to this bio lab immediately. If this virus originated in this lab they must held accountable to the world, both mecicallyand financially. Period. Not one peep from the MSM about this possibility.

      • Exactly – the director general helped China cover it. He’s a big fan of China, taking up for them at every turn. His qualifications need to be closely looked into.

    • The WHO (not the rock band) are Chicom lap dogs. They came out and said the virus was not being passed from person to person as Wuhan was being overrun with the Chinese virus. I guess WHO thought the whole city was eating bats and that’s how they were getting the virus. WHO is absolutely worthless. Formed by the UN in 1948. UN another useless organization.

  4. This has been my thoughts from almost the beginning. I just heard Victor Davis Hanson speak as to the devastation of our national wealth. He makes total sense, making the case against China, Russia, and Iran taking advantage of our monetary system and the loss thereof. Why did the Chinese have a bio lab making this very dangerous virus, warfare. Anyone think a bat could start something that had been eaten, probably for centuries. Maybe the release and the timing were accidental, but to quote a noted politician, take advantage of every situation.

  5. It is clearly obvious that the ChiComs are using these labs covertly to create offensive biological warfare. There is not a doubt, that’s the way the communists operate.

  6. This bio-lab got developed with the help of an American Professor from Harvard University, Dr Charles Lieber. Dr Lieber is/was, until his arrest, Chairman of Harvard University Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Since 2008 Dr Lieber and his research team received $15,000,000 in Grants from the DOD (Department Of Defense) and the NIH(National Institute of Health). In 2011 he was hired by the Chinese Government, he was hired as a “Strategic Scientist” at there WUHAN BIO-LAB. He was awarded $1,500,000 and earned $50,000 a month. His agreement with China was for 9 months of work/year. Did we the taxpayer fund any research by Dr. Lieber in the development of COVID19? How can Dr. Lieber be working in China when he is Chair of Harvards Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. Harvard states they were not aware of any of this. I say BS. My bigger issue is why isn’t this allover the NEWS??? Anyone interested Goggle Harvard Professor WUHAN and click on the DOJ Post. I will try to post but so far AAN is not allowing me. Stay Safe Everyone

  7. Sure looks to me that their hazmat materials needed we’re sure available for the workerd there! Lots of red flags! This must be investigated to the fullest and the guilty held responsible! Timing was way to good to be a mistake. Speculation on my part, however, it will be revealed.

  8. It is evident now b/c the Reporters at Trump’s pressers are not hiding they are finding fault with everything he says b/c He Got Close, Too Close, To The Wuhan Laboratories’ scummy sneaky goings-on and those Reporters represent their CEO-Owners of the broadcasting networks who are part of the Democrat-China Cabal which is now the Democrat-Media-China Cabal.
    Now we know why Hunter Biden was so busy in China and came away with millions of dollars – and why the Media decided to choose this latest ‘election’ virus to make such a tremendously big deal about (there’ve been ‘election’ viruses for each national presidential election since 2004, and including one mid term – Avian Flu, SARS, MRSE, Ebola, Swine Flu and derivatives.)
    The Media are desperate to get Trump O.U.T. b/c he is an innocent man who knows too much – can’t wait for Truth News to take over those skunks.

  9. If we back up a bit it should be noted that once again France has prostituted themselves for money for tech. They have done this with bio and nuclear for years. When do they take responsibility for what they do to cause havoc all over the world?

    • “The Physiocrats proclaimed laissez-faire in 18th-century France, placing it at the very core of their economic principles and famous economists, beginning with Adam Smith, developed the idea.” In ww11 the French sold the Germans the rope the Germans would use to hang the resistance with. And much more. They are still doing it, along with much of the rest of the world, including the US.

  10. …I have a genetic predisposition AGAINST conspiracy theories, but this appears at the very LEAST to be unintentional biological warfare. And don’t you know whether they intended to do it or not, the PRC CMC, employing their Western-enabled think tanks, are studying the $HIT out of how governments on this planet are responding…

    …PS – it’s been our (at least implied extension of Monroe Doctrine – JFK stated it EXPLICITLY in 1962) foreign policy for some time to ANY WMD (CBRN) use on western hemisphere nations to require US nuclear weapons response…

  11. The demo left swine are the hores owned by the Chinese Government who bought the Clintons and Obamas. Oh Al Gore the climate hustler is also a bought and paid for Chinese sweet boy. The press is also owned by the bottom feeding commie swine. This is the work of satan and his servants the Chinese.

  12. YES, BIO WARFARE LAB FOR SURE! THERE WEAPON TO ATTACK TRUMP AND US FORT THE TARIFFS PUT ON THEM TO CORRECT THE TRADE BALANCE! THEY PLAY NASTY AND WE HAD BETTER WAKE UP NOW! REMEMBER THIS, CLINTON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CHINESE GETTING THE MILITARY DRUGS AND EQUIPMENT DURING HIS PRESIDENCY! THIS MADE US DEPENDENT ON CHINA THEN FOR OUR MEDS!

  13. I agree it appears they are readying themselves to use bio warfare in order to conquer the world. They are listed biblical as one of Satan’s pawns along with Russia. Their great army will be destroyed and Satan will run from Michael as Christ descends upon this evil world.

    • I think our past government realized what was happening, but money was more important. If Trump is what I think he is; he will not sell out to anyone. Maybe this is our time to shut down the country of China?

  14. All the attempts by the media, the democrats, and Chinese propaganda being spread by both, will not fool the majority of US citizens. We know and will not be fooled. It is time to isolate China as long as the communists run the country. The only people who trust these guys are Sanders and Biden and the democrat party.

  15. There is no doubt in mh mind that China will do anything to take on World dominance. They hate Trump and the fact that he outsmarts them, and is changing their blood sucking trade agreements with the USA. How else could Bloomberg make billions working with China, and Biden’s son Hunter andJohn Kerry’s step son, Michael Heinz made billions in banking with China (they are not bankers and know NOTHING), and our former Republican Speaker of the house is a lobbyist for China. THINK ABOUT IT!! We have been under siege with too many polliticians playing footsie with China.

  16. after we get past this I Pray this will cause us and the world to break All ties with the god-less communist . I also Pray that during this it will cause this country to turn back to GOD . to understand this county is Only so Blessed because this country was founded as a Christian nation . I also hope that the sheep in this country will understand how our country has been completely sold out by dims and rep since bill clinton allowed them into the wto . I hope some of them will be brought to justice . I have lost all faith in our country leaders on both sides . thank GOD for President Trump , His Family and All who support Him .

  17. China has us all they produce all our antibiotic all the masks and much more we don’t really know until it hits us at home.this needs to stop today.we have the people here that can make anything .we must put pressure on our political officials .we as Americans can be left out in the cold

    • Thank You, Bill Clinton, for NAFTA !! You were bought and paid for by the CHI-COMS
      before and during his presidency up through Hillary’s SoS gig with the Clinton Foundation.Then came O’Biden- Bama with special deals for Hunter B. Pelosie’s kid,
      Kerrey’s stepson and probably more, involved in China’s Cash for Treason plan. Now
      everything is made in China! Toys, phones, computers, essential drugs and medical equipment! Now what do we do ? That’s right, already done, TRUMP 2016, now TRUMP
      2020 !! MAGA KAG

  18. Let’s think about this logically for a moment. If this virus is something that all of a sudden comes NATURAL from bats why all of a sudden and under what given conditions makes it such a potentially deadly virus within days, months? Sounds like something escaped from the lab intentionally or not??? That should be the question

  19. well, the next time a virus outbreak happens and can be traceable to China, it won’t matter which country’s border it breaches

    why? because China chooses this eventuality: World Domination

    might as well label it now: DoomsdayVirus

  20. Well, it sounds a lot like a good James Bond plot, but there appears to be a lot of holes. It seems unlikely that the virus was released on purpose. First of all, it isn’t deadly enough so unless the objective was just to turn the world economies upside down for a massive take over, the virus might not be considered effective enough. Besides, if you were inclined to release a deadly virus on the world, wouldn’t you think it would be a good idea to protect your own population with an antidote? Of course that is a possibility, since China reports their problem seems mostly under control. News is somewhat limited. China obstructs the news media, and here the media obstructs the news! Makes it hard to know what the heck is really going on, doesn’t it? It is my belief that our President and his team are doing all that can be done with what we do know, in spite of being surrounded by the liberal clown show. That is one very major achievement!

  21. It does sem like this is a little bit late and totally wrong when the Top virus pandemic labratory in Scotland has proven the virus was not man made but aq normal mutation of an older virus, which mutated into what we have today and accoerding to the latest report it is strill mutating into another virus.

  22. The CIA knows the P-4 lab in Winnipeg , Canada was the genesis. Dr. Frank PLummer was the creator. It was stolen by CHINESE agents involved with HARVARD UNIVERSITY. Plummer was found dead in Kenya 2 weeks later. It was mishandled in Wuhan and agents were executed. Dr. Judy Mickvetz blew the whistle on the virus being laced with a powder form of the AIDS virus. This was discovered in THAILAND who gave AIDS drugs to kill it over there. You will hear the names of Xiangguo Qui and Kedeng CHEN who assisted Plummer before he was killed in Kenya. The OK for production came to the Winnipeg LAB from the CANADIAN gov’t. To many people will take a big hit if this comes out. This is a huge coverup and last ditch attempt to get TRUMP. TREASON-big TIME. The driver of 20 years for Senator Feinstein was a CHINESE agent that worked on this caper from California with the Harvard people. One professor from HARVARD already arrested for Espionage almost 2 months ago. I promise you that this is not over. The plot will thicken in a short time. The stuff was sent to Iran to make it look like TRUMP did it and HE did not. Italy was crucified because it was the easiest gov’t to take down. They are fiscally in shambles.China not making any headway with TRADE DEALS with western Europe. This is part of their world takeover attempt. They can not do it without the YUAN being the top currency so thet tried to break us. This is a multi-faceted CAPER.

  23. China is a country that has often looked for a way to cull their population…
    I think the time has come for the rest of the world to help them with that goal.
    My suggestion; the world make a consorted effort to destroy them. First, stop all trade with China! Second, let them panic (these people won’t starve to death; they eat anything they find). Last, every country should be assigned an area of China to bomb.
    Then we just let the land heal itself.

    • Teriqua:
      I agree…and you can start by voting next November for the man who calls China out over the one who now has DEMENTIA and was in office while our middle class was OUTSOURCED….and he PROFITED from it…..(that would be dopey Joe Biden)

  24. Michael Bloomberg makes billions in China….he also has his ‘news organization’ censor negative news about the Chinese communist government…… many in Congress, corporate boardrooms, the NBA, etc… like Bloomberg, are ELITIST that have sold out working class America for $$$$
    PS: don’t forget Biden, Feinstein and many others whose families have profited greatly by cooperating with the communist Chinese at the expense of America’s middle class…..Trump warned about this for years as a private citizen..

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