And wouldn’t you know it, the Chinese government propagandists has learned their lessons from the American Left. Why wouldn’t they? One of their party’s leading contenders, Bernie Sanders, has praised Communist China while frequently criticizing his own country, America.
In any event, as The Epoch Times notes, China’s embassy in Australia has sent emails to local journalists criticizing them for “politicizing the coronavirus” by reporting that it originated in China “without any supporting facts,” according to a reporter at the Australian Financial Review.
Michael Smith of the Australian publication wrote in a March 9 article he received an email last week from the Chinese embassy in Canberra in which he detailed comments made by Beijing’s Foreign Ministry during a recent press conference regarding “highly irresponsible” references by media about the “China virus.”
Smith explained to readers that the letter showed how the Communist regime in Beijing has adopted a new propaganda angle to insinuate that in actually, the virus didn’t originate in Wuhan City, as has been known for months, but rather actually came from somewhere else.
The Epoch Times noted:
Up until recent weeks, China’s own state media said that the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, likely originated from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, which was shut down shortly after the emergence of the virus.
In the press conference mentioned in the letter, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters it was “highly irresponsible for some media” to dub the novel coronavirus the “China virus.” (Related: China drops hint it could blackmail U.S. over pharmaceutical exports as coronavirus that came from them spreads across America.)
“We firmly oppose that, Zhao said, adding that “no conclusion has been reached yet on the origin of the virus.”
Well. The statistics and facts say otherwise. Though there are about 111,000 cases worldwide as of this writing, more than 85,000 of them are in China. Plus, reports have documented for months that the outbreak’s epicenter was Wuhan City.
Plus, as The Epoch Times reported, a number of World Health Organization researchers have long established the origin of the virus. What isn’t yet known, however, is how the virus emerged and how it began infecting humans; the fact that it is a coronavirus suggests that it originated in animals and then morphed into a strain that infects humans.
But Zhao claimed that “some media clearly want China to take the blame and their ulterior motives are laid bare.”
Chinese officials have also admitted that the virus began in their country.
For example, Gao Fu, chief of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in January that health officials believed that the virus originated in wild animals in a Wuhan seafood market, though they had yet to determine the exact source.
Granted, a month later, another Chinese official, epidemiologist and pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan, who researched the SARS outbreak (which came from China) in 2003, suggested that COVID-19 may have originated somewhere else.
At a February press conference, Zhong said that “though COVID-19 was first discovered in China, it does not mean that it originated from China. This is a human disease, not a national disease.”
That still doesn’t explain the heavy infection rate in China, though. But it does indicate that Beijing’s Communist leaders were already working on a way to spin the outbreak so that it didn’t implicate them or their country.
While there may be some gullible people who will believe the Chinese government, most of the rest of the planet won’t. But it makes sense that Beijing would want to memory hole this, given that the country’s economic future depends on keeping global production in China.