This morning, British security expert Edward Lucas, who’s been warning us about allowing China’s Huawei to build our 5G network, is now warning about the “astonishing speed” with which China has bounced back from the coronavirus pandemic. In a disturbing article he wrote for the Daily Mail, Lucas suggests that China “may have won the war for global supremacy as well.”
In Daily Mail article, Lucas writes – Be in no doubt: the People’s Republic of China aims by 2049 to dominate the world.
That is not paranoid scaremongering. It is the explicit goal of the Chinese leader — Emperor — Xi Jinping.
He wants his country to be ‘fully developed, rich, and powerful’ — and at first sight, few would quarrel with that.
But it put its tactics into a new gear during the pandemic.
First, it sprayed the media landscape with absurd conspiracy theories — claiming, for example, that the coronavirus was engineered in an American lab as part of a plot to damage China.
Then it highlighted the weaknesses in other countries’ approaches to the outbreak under the guise of helping them. It used its manufacturing clout to ship what seemed like huge quantities of medical supplies to hard-hit countries, accompanied by demands for diplomatic and political concessions.
Delay and deceit over the origins of the outbreak cost precious time — and many thousands of lives both in China and subsequently in the rest of the world.
Indeed, the Chinese Communist Party is still lying about the true number of cases and deaths, according to a new U.S. intelligence report leaked this week. It has led to an increasingly intense war of words between the two nations.
Given the deceitful nature of the Chinese government, is it that far-fetched to believe that China intentionally unleashed biological warfare against America to collapse our incredible economy?
There’s no question that President Trump’s trade war with China has shaken up their economy. With increased trade tariffs and President Trump’s commitment to bringing manufacturing back to the United States, Communist China’s economic situation was likely only getting going to get worse.
While China was beating people in the streets with clubs and dragging them into vans where they were taken to undisclosed locations, American journalists and Democrat lawmakers were criticizing President Trump for shutting down travel between the U.S. and China.
When Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) suggested that the coronavirus could have originated in a Wuhan, China biosafety level-4 super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases, including coronavirus, where the virus was first detected, the media and Democrat lawmakers mocked him, calling him a conspiracy theorist.
Tom Cotton reiterates his suggestion that the Coronavirus originated at a super-lab in Wuhan pic.twitter.com/i1cSNSqU0d
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 16, 2020
In November 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents made an alarming discovery at the Detroit Metro Airport. For decades, Republican lawmakers have been ringing alarm bells about the national security danger China poses for the United States. Like the story about the discovery at Detroit Metro Airport, their warnings have been largely ignored.
Yahoo News – In late November 2018, just over a year before the first coronavirus case was identified in Wuhan, China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese biologist with three vials labeled “Antibodies” in his luggage.
The biologist told the agents that a colleague in China had asked him to deliver the vials to a researcher at a U.S. institute. After examining the vials, however, customs agents came to an alarming conclusion.
“Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient led inspection personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials,” says an unclassified FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News.
The report, written by the Chemical and Biological Intelligence Unit of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), does not give the name of the Chinese scientist carrying the suspected SARS and MERS samples, or the intended recipient in the U.S. But the FBI concluded that the incident, and two other cases cited in the report, were part of an alarming pattern.
The report, which came out more than two months before the World Health Organization learned of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan that turned out to be COVID-19, appears to be part of a larger FBI concern about China’s involvement with scientific research in the U.S. While the report refers broadly to foreign researchers, all three cases cited involve Chinese nationals.
In the case of the suspected SARS and MERS vials, the intelligence report cites another classified document that is marked “FISA,” meaning it contains information collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Another case cited in the report appeared to involve flu strains, and a third was suspected E. coli.
The FBI report refers to both biosecurity, which typically refers to the intentional misuse of pathogens, such as for bioterrorism, and biosafety, which covers accidental release. The FBI declined to comment on the report.
Concerns about Chinese biosafety are not new. For example, the SARS outbreak in 2003 was followed by several incidents of infections caused by laboratory accidents, including eight cases that resulted from mishandling at the Chinese Institute of Virology in Beijing.
“There have been cases in the past where a variant of some kind of flu pandemic had escaped from a laboratory because of mismanagement,” said Elsa Kania, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
Independent of the coronavirus, the FBI’s focus on China’s biosecurity appears to be part of long-standing suspicion in the U.S. government about China’s involvement in the biological sciences. Several recent high-profile Justice Department cases involving the export of sensitive technology have involved Chinese scientists, or persons with alleged ties to the Chinese government.
China’s stated goal is world domination. At what point will we start taking them seriously?