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Monday, March 30, 2020, 10:59
‘Chinese virus’ rhetoric shows ineptness of US politicians
By Andre Vltchek
Monday, March 30, 2020, 10:59 By Andre Vltchek

The Western mass media are extremely busy frightening its own citizens and the entire world with statements like: “A leaked government document has suggested that up to 500,000 people could die from coronavirus if the disease is able to infect up to 80 percent of the country.”

That’s what The Independent wrote on Feb 26. And that horrifying number of the fatalities “could occur”, according to the “documents”, in the United Kingdom.

It all feels bizarre. As if the Western regimes were preparing their citizens and the world “for the most awful scenario”, and as if there were no solution to this dire global crisis.

“Chinese virus”, says US President Donald Trump. He pronounces it with spite and, naturally, China feels deeply insulted. Some citizens and government officials have had enough of these continuous, racist abuses, and they’re openly protesting.

Well, first of all, do we even really know where the virus originated? In Wuhan? But, how did it get to Wuhan and what triggered the epidemy? We don’t know. Nobody really knows.

Without pointing fingers or drawing conclusions, what we do know is that the US has been engaged in various acts of chemical and biological warfare in several parts of the world, including Latin America. It also does all it can to provoke and to even damage the People’s Republic of China — psychologically, politically, economically and, perhaps, physically.

These are facts. No need to draw conclusions yet.

In the meantime, China is helping more than 80 countries worldwide to combat the epidemy.

Compared to what many countries are doing now to their people, China, even at the height of the virus outbreak, was using a relatively mild approach. Most of the major Chinese cities were never fully locked down. Every step of Beijing was logical and determined

The White House, obviously, does not like what China is doing. It is petrified that the most obvious facts would be detected by the people in the United States, in Europe and the rest of the planet: That North America failed, that the European Union failed, and that most of the allies of the West failed, squarely and patently.

And the more China is doing to save humanity, the more punches it is receiving. And not only China, but also Cuba, and several other socialist nations, which are defending their people instead of business interests.

On March 21, The Daily Beast wrote in its report, “White House Pushes US Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’: “As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow at a rapid pace in the US, the White House is launching a communications plan across multiple federal agencies that focuses on accusing Beijing of orchestrating a ‘cover-up’ and creating a global pandemic, according to two US officials and a government cable obtained by The Daily Beast.”

And that’s not all. The report continued: “The cable was disseminated to officials at a time when the administration is engrossed in a communications battle around how to disseminate the flow of crucial health information to the American public while at the same time deflecting criticism that the White House was unprepared for the pandemic and that President Donald Trump is at odds with members of his coronavirus task force.”

On March 20, RT reported: “Washington has passed off blame to Beijing for its own failures in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, China’s Foreign Ministry said, hitting back at the ‘Chinese virus’ rhetoric.

“Some people in the United States attempt to stigmatize China’s fight against the epidemic and shirk its responsibility to China,’ Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters on March 20, referring to the finger-pointing adopted by Trump and other top officials (after weeks of US media outlets calling it the ‘Chinese’ and ‘Wuhan’ virus).

“This practice ignores the huge sacrifices made by the Chinese people to safeguard human health and safety, and denigrates China’s major public health security contributions.”

The bottom line is clear: China defeated the coronavirus in an incredibly short time. It shared its experience, then began helping many countries, including those in the West.

What is difficult to comprehend is why many countries refused to follow the Chinese example — saving thousands and, perhaps, millions of their own citizens?

Compared to what many countries are doing now to their people, China, even at the height of the virus outbreak, was using a relatively mild approach. Most of the major Chinese cities were never fully locked down. Every step of Beijing was logical and determined. Millions of lives were spared as a result.

So, why are hundreds of Europeans and North Americans dying every day?

Is it just a sloppiness of the Western medical system? Is it simply bad planning? Or is it something much more sinister?

We will investigate, analyze and find out soon.

But, whatever it is, it is damaging the world, already ruining many lives, perhaps, irreversibly.

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. He is the author of 20 books including“China’s Belt and Road Initiative”, and “China and Ecological Civilization".

The views do not necessarily reflect those of China Daily. 

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