Only moments ago, President Trump blasted W.H.O. (World Health Organization), saying they “really blew it.” President Trump warned that his administration will have a “good look” at the “very China centric” organization, as he reminded everyone that early on, he made the decision to reject W.H.O’s advice to keep our border open to China. Trump asked a very good question, “Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”
The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2020
Last week, Nicholas Eberstadt and Dan Blumenthal wrote a powerful piece for the New York Post, outlining China’s culpability for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, and highlighting W.H.O’s (World Health Organization’s) role in helping the communist regime to keep the truth about the virus hidden from the rest of the world, claiming they acted as, “Beijing’s handmaid.”
We shouldn’t be surprised that the Beijing regime lies about the epidemic: It lies about, well, everything. From economic data to air pollution figures, the Communist Party doctors information to protect and promote itself.
Naturally, in the face of a grave national health threat, the incentive for dissembling was tremendous. So Beijing spun and suppressed information about the outbreak and impact of the coronavirus.
Independent Chinese journalists have detailed the Wuhan cover-up: They report that a Chinese lab isolated and identified the strange new virus last December — but that the authorities ordered it to stop its work, get rid of its specimens and keep quiet. It took almost another month for the government to acknowledge that a SARS-like contagion, spread by human contact, was exploding in Hubei province.
Americans watched in horror, as the few videos that made that were posted on social media showed citizens being chased down streets by police waving clubs and wearing hazmat suits. Citizens were being beaten in the streets by the Chinese enforcers and dragged into vans, where they were driven away to unknown locations.
The young Chinese doctor who first blew the whistle about the seriousness of the coronavirus spread wound up dead. The government claimed he died of complications related to coronavirus. Much like the citizens of China, we will never know the truth.
Most sane Americans know better than to trust coronavirus statistics coming out of Communist China.
The population in China exceeds 1.4 billion. According to WHO (World Health Organization), China reported 81, 961 confirmed cases of coronavirus with only 3,293 deaths. The population in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus breakout originated is 8,365,000. According to WHO, the number of U.S. citizens who have tested positive for coronavirus is currently at 63,570 and the number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. stood at 884 as of yesterday. The U.S. has a population of 329 million.
Does anyone really believe China’s coronavirus infection and fatality numbers?
On February 6, 2020, Business Insider reported that the number of coronavirus deaths in China is closer to 25,000.
Taipei, Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company Tencent has allegedly published “real” data on the novel coronavirus deaths, with briefly listing death toll as 24,589 — way higher than over 500 deaths China has officially announced to date.
There have been multiple reports of Wuhan officials cremating citizens before they could be added to the actual death toll.
As for China’s official figures on cases and deaths: These are obviously an undercount, possibly a preposterous one. Regarding prevalence: China’s health numbers didn’t even count infected patients if they tested positive but remained asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, the Epoch Times recently reported that Beijing authorities announced on March 19, the number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million in the past three months. 21 million is a stunning number of cellphone users to disappear, given that Chinese residents are required to use their cellphones by the communist government.
Red State reports – The WHO declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11. In a recent op-ed, University of Texas Political Science professor Bradley Thayer and Lianchao Han, the vice president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China, wondered what took them so long “when health officials from various governments alerted them to the widespread devastation weeks in advance.” They maintain that Tedros “turned a blind eye to what happened in Wuhan and the rest of China” and following his January visit to China, they believe he helped Chinese President Xi Jinping “suppress the severity, prevalence and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Fox News‘ Barnini Chakraborty explains that “keeping China happy has tremendous advantages for not only the WHO but also for Ethiopia, Tedros’ home country.”
For more than a decade, Ethiopia’s economy has been largely dependent on China. Beijing has shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars for mega-projects including a new $160 million national sports stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s largest city and capital.
“China is building the city from the ground up,” Welibuw Buzenehe, a local food merchant in the area, told Politico. “Without China, not much would happen around here.”
China has also become Ethiopia’s largest trading partner. The Export-Import Bank of China put up $2.9 billion of the $3.4 billion railway project connecting a landlocked Ethiopia to the port-heavy country of Djibouti. China’s money was also instrumental in building Ethiopia’s first six-lane highway. Beijing can — and has — taken credit for helping reshape Addis Ababa’s entire skyline with high-rises and sky scrapers.
But lately, China hasn’t been happy with its investments in Ethiopia after projects like the railway line failed to generate the kind of cash developers had hoped. If China pulls out of Ethiopia, the African country’s economy could crumble — something Tedros is desperate to avoid.
This alone is an enormous conflict of interest, but it gets worse. Tedros, Chakraborty notes, is not a medical doctor, nor did he have any global health management experience, yet he was elected as the director-general. Early on, he tried to “appoint then-Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador.”
From the New York Post article – One widely circulating guess is that the true figure is closer to 40,000. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s scientific advisers have concluded that paramount leader Xi Jinping’s regime has downplayed the true number of cases in China “by 15 to 40 times.” As Bloomberg reported this week, the US intelligence community has likewise informed the White House that China’s reported infection and death totals are implausibly low.
Then there is the Communist Party’s active disinformation campaign abroad. This month, for example, in a tweet that garnered 160 million views, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson suggested that the coronavirus might actually be American in origin — brought to Wuhan by the US military!
Which brings us to the WHO’s malfeasance in this affair. The WHO should have known at the outset that it was dealing with a bad-faith actor in Beijing. Yet instead of immediately insisting upon access, openness and transparency from China, WHO leadership followed the Chinese lead and at times even took the Chinese line.
The very fact that truth-seekers are left counting urns is an indictment not only of the Beijing regime, but also of the WHO. To help stem the pandemic, the WHO should have been tirelessly pressing China to tell the truth.
Far from sounding an alarm, however, the UN outfit was impassive while Beijing stonewalled international health authorities for weeks. Indeed, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the Chinese regime for its “transparency” in the crisis. Tedros, recall, was Beijing’s candidate for WHO chief and owes his job to China’s campaign for him at the United Nations.
At the end of January, when President Trump ordered a travel ban against entry to the United States from China and other coronavirus “hot spots,” Tedros, echoing Chinese authorities, roundly criticized the decision, insisting it would “have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.” By March 12, when the WHO finally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, misbegotten deference to the Chinese government had incalculably impeded the effort to contain the contagion.
When the full history of this episode is eventually written, the Chinese Communist Party will bear massive responsibility for this plague that has swept the Earth. So will a World Health Organization that seemed too interested in the health of the Chinese regime at the moment of truth.