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China’s Assault On The World

Chinese leader Xi Jinping knew in January how bad the situation was, but made fatal decision to let Chinese New Year celebrations in Wuhan happen anyway (60 Minutes Australia screenshot)

It is staggering to see that this is still happening in China … but it’s still happening in China. Excerpt:

Terrified dogs and cats crammed into rusty cages. Bats and scorpions offered for sale as traditional medicine. Rabbits and ducks slaughtered and skinned side by side on a stone floor covered with blood, filth, and animal remains.

Those were the deeply troubling scenes yesterday as China celebrated its ‘victory’ over the coronavirus by reopening squalid meat markets of the type that started the pandemic three months ago, with no apparent attempt to raise hygiene standards to prevent a future outbreak.

As the pandemic that began in Wuhan forced countries worldwide to go into lockdown, a Mail on Sunday correspondent yesterday watched as thousands of customers flocked to a sprawling indoor market in Guilin, south-west China.

Here cages of different species were piled on top of each other. In another meat market in Dongguan, southern China, another correspondent photographed a medicine seller returning to business on Thursday with a billboard advertising bats – thought to be the cause of the initial Wuhan outbreak – along with scorpions and other creatures.

Check out the article — it has photos.

Meanwhile, TAC’s Barbara Boland has a great piece explaining how the Chinese Communist Party is running a disinformation campaign to cover up its crimes. Nobody can possibly believe China’s own official reporting on the virus’s devastation within that nation.

And here, VICE details the lies on top of lies that the Chinese government has told to cover up its responsibility for this virus that has crippled the world. Among the things the Communist Party is doing:

Silence dissenting voices: The outbreak in Wuhan was first noticed by doctors working on the front lines. They tried to raise the alarm by sharing messages with friends on WeChat, messages that were shared on social media and went viral. But the police detained the doctors — some of whom subsequently died of coronavirus — and told them to stay quiet.

Block information: Once Hubei province had been put into lockdown, the Chinese government didn’t want any negative information getting out. To do this, it employed a range of tactics. One was making citizen journalists disappear after they began publishing videos from inside Wuhan exposing the sheer scale of the crisis. It also ramped up its censorship of social media platforms significantly, meaning even the slightest reference to coronavirus or the government’s response was erased.

Spin up state-run media: As stories of overwhelmed hospitals and mounting death tolls spread around the world, Beijing spun up its massive media operations into full battle mode, with both its Chinese-language and English-language outlets running positive stories about the heroic work being done to counter the outbreak. The campaign included posts on social media, news reports, and articles written by state media journalists but quietly published in other outlets. Beijing is also leveraging deep media ties across Africa to promote its own agenda.

Spread disinformation: Earlier this month, Hua Chunying a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, posted a video on Twitter that showed Italians on lockdown clapping in unison and shouting “Thank you, China” as appreciation for the aid Beijing sent to the country. The only problem is that the video was fake, and the applause was in fact for the heroic work being done by Italian medical workers.

There’s more — read it all.

You might have seen the gutless World Health Organization official who refused to answer a Taiwanese journalist’s question. The WHO is in China’s back pocket:

Take a look at this 13-minute report from 60 Minutes Australia, which details how decisions made by the Chinese government (including silencing whistleblowers) are responsible for this global pandemic and economic collapse. The Chinese people were the first victims of their government; now, the entire world is suffering like never before in history, because of Beijing’s communist leadership:

The St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve released an estimate today saying that the US unemployment rate could reach over 32 percent. Think of the Chinese Communist Party when you’re standing on the unemployment line. When this crisis finally passes, the United States must do some very hard decoupling from China. Bring all those manufacturing jobs back to America. We will have millions of unemployed people who will be happy to have good jobs again.

The entire world should understand that all this death, all this suffering, is primarily the fault of the Chinese government. Not the Chinese people — the Chinese Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping. It’s not scapegoating if the alleged malefactor really is guilty.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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