The Communist Party of China lied. While that is a known fact, all of what they lied about remains to be seen. However, new information released by the CIA, and one of Beijing’s secret military databases purportedly shows some of what the CCP is trying to cover up.
Publicly, China has claimed a victory over the Coronavirus, both with how they have thwarted the spread and with how many cases they supposedly have. However, a newly leaked database reportedly shows that China did not just have 82,919 cases of the Coronavirus; rather, according to the dataset, there are as many as 640,000 cases. The data, which was leaked to Foreign Policy has not been released, but upon their review – the data covers 230 cities and houses 640,000 rows of updates;
“While not fully comprehensive, the data is incredibly rich: There are more than 640,000 updates of information, covering at least 230 cities—in other words, 640,000 rows purporting to show the number of cases in a specific location at the time the data was gathered.”
Again, according to FP, the data reads longitude, latitude, and “confirmed” number of cases at the location for dates ranging from early February to late April. One key piece of data is that for locations in and around the center of the outbreak in Wuhan – it shows the deaths of those who “recovered.” However, it is unclear how the authorities in China define “confirmed” and “recovered.”
“The data reviewed by Foreign Policy includes hospital locations, but it also includes place names corresponding to apartment compounds, hotels, supermarkets, railway stations, restaurants, and schools across the breadth of the country. The dataset reports one case of Coronavirus in a KFC in the eastern city of Zhenjiang on March 14, for example, while a church in the northeastern provincial capital of Harbin saw two cases on March 17. (The data does not include the names of the individuals who contracted or died from the disease, and the reports of the cases in the dataset could not be independently verified.)”
On another note, while China was silently reeling from the overbearing Coronavirus, the Chinese Communist Party hoarded medical supplies and, according to the CIA, tried to prevent the World Health Organization from declaring a global pandemic. Two reports of such actions have thus far been released;
The first report, a German intelligence assessment published by Der Spiegel last week, accused Chinese President Xi Jinping of personally applying pressure on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on January 21.
The second report comes from the Central Intelligence Agency which was released to Newsweek, who later confirmed the report with U.S. intelligence Officials. The report from the CIA details that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) threatened the World Health Organization (WHO) over the declaration of a global pandemic. Further, the CCP threatened to stop cooperating with the agency’s investigation if the WHO declared a global health emergency.
The World Health Organization dismissed the notion that President Xi personally intervened, but declined to address specifically the question of whether the CCP made an effort to delay or change the announcement of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
“We don’t comment on specific discussions with member states, but we can say that at all times during the pandemic WHO has acted in accordance with its mandate as an evidence-based technical organization focusing on protecting all people, everywhere,” WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told Newsweek. “WHO bases its recommendations on science, public health best practices, evidence, data, and the advice of independent experts.
“Dr Tedros did not communicate with President Xi on Jan 20, 21, or 22. Dr Tedros and his senior team met with President Xi in Beijing on Jan. 28,” Lindmeier said. “The issue of PHEIC did not come up in that meeting.”
In March 2020, President Trump stopped funding for the World Health Organization and began to criticize the organization for being a China-centric.
“What World Health got away with is unbelievable. They’re a pipe organ for China, so I’m going to make a decision very soon,” Trump told Republican lawmakers on Friday about the future of the U.S. relationship with the WHO.
At the time of the outbreak, China silenced doctors, threatened international bodies who wanted to help, hoarded medical supplies, destroyed virus samples, threatened the World Health Organization, covered up how many cases they have, and now they are trying to hack US universities who are trying to create a vaccine.
The aggressiveness of the cyberattacks is such that some U.S. officials view them as tantamount to war, according to the Wall Street Journal, because they may have hurt research into a COVID-19 vaccine.
The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the cyber branch of the Department of Homeland Security, are expected to issue a “public service announcement” regarding China today, the Journal reports.
A draft of the public warning will accuse China of seeking “valuable intellectual property and public health data through illicit means related to vaccines, treatments, and testing,” according to the New York Times.
“China’s long history of bad behavior in cyberspace is well documented, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone they are going after the critical organizations involved in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the Times.
President Trump is being tough on China, but newly issued reports suggest that the relationally ties between the two countries is about to get a whole lot worse. The United States needs to bring everything home before it’s too late.
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