US President Donald Trump has sparked anger by calling coronavirus the “Chinese virus”. It would be wiser for him to designate it the “CCP virus”, or Chinese Communist Party virus.
After addressing the nation on Monday on how the administration has reacted to the virus crisis, the US president posted on Twitter: “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”
At the same time on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back against Chinese attempts to blame the United States for the coronavirus outbreak during a phone call with Politburo member Yang Jiechi in charge of overseas propaganda.
“Secretary Pompeo conveyed strong U.S. objections to PRC efforts to shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a Monday statement. “The secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat.”
Both President Trump and Pompeo know fully what they are doing and what it means by challenging the Communist dictatorship this way.
The Trump administration has a clear idea to differentiate China and the Chinese people from the Chinese Communist Party. Still, the world has kept a blind eye.
While it is not wrong at all to call coronavirus the “Chinese virus”, as it was made by the Chinese, spread by the Chinese, and has brought harm to all humanity by the Chinese, including themselves.
For 70 years under the governance and brainwash of the CCP dictatorship and its evil propaganda, China has become a country of many viruses with people doing harm to each other every day.
Even after the CCP is eliminated, it will take many more years for the Chinese people to clear or wash away these viruses.
While many westerners have raised opposition on the practice of identifying the illness by location or ethnicity, Communist officials from Beijing condemned Trump’s comments, saying his his tweet smeared China.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Trump should take care of his own matters first. “Some US politicians have tried to stigmatise China … which China strongly condemns,” he said at a press briefing on Tuesday. “We urge the US to stop this despicable practice. We are very angry and strongly oppose it [the tweet].”
Yang Jiechi in charge of the Foreign Ministry said such efforts by the U.S. would “not succeed” and that any harm to Chinese interests would invite retaliation. An editorial by the state news agency Xinhua on Tuesday said: “Using racist and xenophobic names to cast blame for the outbreak on other countries can only reveal politicians’ irresponsibility and incompetence.”
We know that China’s foreign ministry does not and cannot represent China or the Chinese people. It can only represent the interests of the Chinese Communist Party. For 70 years, the foreign ministry has deceived the world as well as the Chinese people by telling lies on a daily basis.
The best solution for these tit-for-tat word fights is for China or the Communist regime to open the internet, and let all Chinese speak out. And this may be the solution to fight the coronavirus crisis. But it is no way that the CCP would take any action to allow freedom of speech.
Chinese laboratories identified a mystery virus as a highly infectious new pathogen by late December last year, but they were ordered to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news, Caixin Global controlled by Vice President Wang Qishan has revealed.
The Chinese government had attempts to silence doctors warning others about the disease and Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang who first raised the whistle died for speaking out the truth.
“The hospital’s leadership also banned staff from discussing the disease in public or via texts or images”, Dr. Ai Fen of a Wuhan hospital said. “Eight days later, a nurse in her department started to feel sick, and it was later confirmed she was infected by the coronavirus. By early March, three doctors at the hospital had died from the infection.”
Even by the Chinese government’s own account of events, President Xi Jinping knew about the disease for two weeks before making any public comments about it.
But the Chinese government “let some five million people leave Wuhan without screening.”
Even today, prominent Chinese citizens who criticize the government’s response suddenly disappear. The Chinese government is much more effective at stopping the spread of information about the coronavirus than stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
So, is that coronavirus a Chinese virus or Wuhan virus? Definitely it is.
By Winnie Troppie