Worse Than You Think…
The Communist Party of China has made repeated efforts to shift the blame for exacerbating the novel coronavirus pandemic towards the United States, even going so far as to threaten to disrupt the supply of pharmaceutical products into America. Additionally, Beijing has made numerous attempts to cover-up for local officials who ordered life-saving research destroyed. This delay came at a pivotal time – when the odds of containing COVID-19 were significant.
Here is a summarization of what we know:
Wuhan Lab Research Purge
A Wuhan bio lab was testing samples of COVID-19 in late December. The lab found that it was a highly contagious pathogen that caused viral pneumonia, which could be deadly, especially for at-risk populations. However, government officials moved to destroy the samples and suppress the story.
A Wuhan lab that identified COVID-19 as a highly contagious pathogen in late December was ordered by local officials to stop tests and destroy samples. Beijing is now scrambling to censor the story https://t.co/3a28zGcPXn
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 18, 2020
The Chinese Communist Party did not acknowledge any human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 for another three weeks. The world would have been exponentially better off had the research been made available immediately.
Beijing Buries the Truth
Following the initial outbreak, Chinese citizens who attempted to spread accurate information about the virus were imprisoned and the government systematically removed what they had posted online. Exacerbating matters, the Chinese government then began a propaganda campaign to absolve itself of any responsibility.
Experts from across the ideological spectrum are now faulting the Chinese government for its harsh crackdown that severely restricted the flow of life-saving information when it mattered most.
Leading Government Critic Vanishes
Ren Zhiqiang is a former real estate tycoon and a fierce critic of President Xi Jinping. Besides his wealth amplifying his criticisms, Ren is also one of the most successful bloggers on the Chinese internet and openly critical of the Communist Party.
After deriding Xi’s response to the virus he vanished into thin air. Not even his closet allies know where he is or if he’s even alive. But all the circumstantial evidence points to the same suspected culprit: the Chinese government. If proven, Ren’s disappearance wouldn’t be the first time they kidnapped dissidents.
Disinformation Campaign Intensifies
China’s first wave of propaganda in this campaign targeted its own people. Apparently its citizens’ deaths are preferable to accusations of negligence, or even embarrassment to the state. Recently, Beijing put into motion a long-simmering plan to restore its prestige by purporting that the United States was behind the virus.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian alleged the virus originated in the United States and that the US military “brought the epidemic to Wuhan.”
2/2 CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation! pic.twitter.com/vYNZRFPWo3
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) March 12, 2020
PC Media Swallows Hook, Line, and Sinker
While American journalists are not buying China’s disinformation campaign and the regime has expelled several reporters, they are adopting the regime’s language. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo stated that President Trump acted in a racist manner for suggesting that this was a Chinese virus. We have nothing but respect and sympathy for the Chinese people. Countless millions suffer in that government’s tyrannical grip. This particular virus did originate in China’s Hubei province. Even on CNN, albeit two months ago, Mr. Cuomo’s colleagues referred to COVID-19 as the Wuhan coronavirus.
Liberal media pundits want you to think referring to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” virus is racist.
Here’s just a few of the times the liberal media did just that. pic.twitter.com/ss3kV5smSP
— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) March 12, 2020