The Global Spread of COVID-19: China’s Accident or Intent?

No, this is not a conspiracy theory post.  It’s a simple question that I think needs a serious discussion.  Whether you laugh and/or do an eye-roll, castigate me to canyons of absurdity, or secretly have harbored thoughts that it’s a possibility, IMHO, it’s a question worth asking, worth thinking about.  And we’re all American Thinkers, right?

In any discussion of this magnitude, one needs to look at the pros and cons — who stands to gain or lose, and at what cost.  Let’s not forget that for all of China’s efforts at westernization, the 300,000 Chinese attending US universities, etc., there is also this China (warning! disgusting content) walking the streets on a daily basis in the year of Our Lord 2020.  Between 1991 and early 1995, I lived and worked in Moscow, and travelled throughout the former Soviet Union.  I saw first-hand how decades of Communism battered a country’s values and mindset.  And so it is with much of China – our western values are not necessarily their values.

If one buys into the premise of China hegemony, and that there is a strategic, carefully crafted plan to achieve global dominance by 2049,  as espoused by Michael Pillsbury, Hudson Institute’s Director of the Center on Chinese Strategy, then it is very plausible to ask the question: is COVID-19’s global pandemic an accident spun out of control through gross mismanagement by the Communist Chinese government, an accident that was then allowed to spin out of control on purpose, or not an accident at all?

The UK government of Boris Johnson was one of the first to put forth the observation that the virus may have originated and leaked from a biochemical laboratory in Wuhan. Now, we have growing evidence being reported by the media that the virus, did in fact, originate in that Wuhan laboratory, despite some testimony from members of the US government trying to downplay that potential.  As reported elsewhere, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), also strongly shares the opinion that the virus did not begin in the Chinese wet markets.  But as with all these reports and comments, one notices the careful use of “accidentally” and the non-use of the term, bio-weapon.

Consider the timeline, when the virus was announced by the Chinese government to the world, and the steps taken to shut down the city of Wuhan, but not before over 5 million of its population were able to leave the city, potentially traveling to all parts of the world.  Did the Chinese government know ahead of time that this result would happen, and their shutdown actions were only for the benefit of the world’s liberal media machines?

But let’s return to the why and the central premise of this article – that the spread of the virus could have been allowed to spread on purpose.  As mentioned earlier, what has China to gain, or lose, if this premise is accepted.

China, back in 1980 was a country with a GDP of just under $90 billion in current US dollars.  Today, its GDP is over $12 trillion, according to Robert Mauldin, contributing writer to Forbes.  How it reached that apex came courtesy of globalization with the help of US business and other foreign companies shifting investment and manufacturing to low cost China.  But while industry shifted, western values did not.  China, spurred on by its Communist heritage, has long sought to the dominant power in the world, and it has been helped by the transfer, purchase and theft of Western technology and intellectual property, the latter method done without fear of retribution.

Not only has China’s global economy grown, but the its holdings of US industry, for one, has seen seismic growth.  Two years ago, in an Industry Week article, the question was asked, “Should We Allow the Chinese to Buy Any US Company They Want?”, and then delineates at that time the major US corporations that were bought and now owned by the Chinese.  One of these companies, purchased in 2012 was Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the country, who only a few days ago warned about potential disruption of the nation’s food supply due to COVID-19 striking employees at their major processing plants, and other slaughter facilities, and forcing them to shut down, along with plants owned by Tyson Foods and Cargill.

But the China global hegemony alarm is also being sounded more recently by Nigel Farage, UK Brexit Party leader.

“What is happening right now is that Chinese companies and Chinese money are lining up for what they expect to be a ‘fire sale’ of British businesses,” he said during a Facebook live stream.

Citing Germany’s recently enacted protections against foreign takeovers of their companies during the COVID-19 crisis, Farage suggested Britain must take similar measures:

‘I fear, we’re going to allow China in to buy up vast swathes of our strategic and manufacturing industries and it just can’t be allowed. The problem is the same mob that sold us out to Brussels are now happy to sell out our sovereignty once again to China and this needs a much bigger, higher, level of debate.’

Just last month, the Chinese Jingye Group bought out British Steel, the latest consequence of a line of policy allowing Chinese state-run companies to buy up controlling interests in British firms. Former Prime Minister David Cameron and former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, for instance, let China invest in British nuclear power plants.”

Bottom line, what has China learned from the global response to COVID-19, and more specifically, from the US, under China’s nemesis, President Trump.  Panic and hysteria encouraged by pronouncements from the Director of the WHO, who was sponsored for his position by China, has resulted in the shutdown of almost the entire country, with our economy teetering under the accumulation of trillions of debt trying to keep out-of-work Americans afloat.  Globally, where the virus was unleashed, or allowed to fester and spread, countries are equally in near-disaster mode with their economies.

COVID-19’s silver lining, if one can even imagine such a thing at this moment, is that it has been a wake-up call for people and politicians alike.  Did anyone know that all US insulin is manufactured in China, or that manufacture of other life-saving pharmaceuticals are solely in China’s hands?  And dare we hold accountable our own US Defense Dept for allowing Chinese-owned companies to manufacture tech components for our fighter jets?

“The circuit boards control many of the F-35’s core capabilities, including its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems.”

Once COVID-19 comes under control, what’s the next virus we can expect to be unleashed by China. In an article from The New York Times, trying to dispel myths and perceptions of China’s viral responsibility, it still admits that China has fueled most of the world and regional outbreaks: 

“Two of the devastating flu pandemics of the 20th century — the Asian flu of 1957 and the Hong Kong flu of 1968 — both originated in China and left a trail of about three million deaths worldwide.

The 2003 epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, which killed 774 people, nearly all of them in mainland China, was traced to palm civets sold as exotic meat in southern Chinese food markets.

The virus behind a deadly 1997 bird flu outbreak that fatally infected at least 18 people in Hong Kong is believed to have originated among fowl raised in southern mainland China — the source of virtually all poultry in the Chinese territory.

Last year, nearly half of China’s pigs were wiped out by a virus that causes African swine fever, an incurable disease. While the virus does not sicken humans and did not originate in China, critics say Chinese government policies and mismanagement may have inadvertently helped the epidemic accelerate through the country’s pig population — the world’s largest — and spread elsewhere in Asia.”

While President Trump responded quickly and forcefully to COVID-19, he understands the risks if the economy is shut down much longer.  If he is re-elected in November, we may see the onset of economic global retribution missing for so many decades as countries decide to pull manufacturing back into their own countries from China.  However, considering how intertwined and dependent global economies have become on China, as well as the impact of China’s threats to withhold or upend vital supply chains, China’s potential economic losses still pale in comparison to the human and economic havoc wreaked by this virus.

In summary, was COVID-19’s global pandemic an accident spun out of control through gross mismanagement, an accident that was allowed to spin out of control on purpose, or not an accident at all?

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