Having bungled the start of the coronavirus outbreak, then apparently muscling its own epidemic into control, China is now mounting a full-on misinformation campaign to present itself as a model of effective government — and the United States as the real villain.
The COVID-19 bug originated in Wuhan, China, possibly at an open-air market where wild animals were sold. Chinese labs ID’d the new virus in December, but the regime ordered them to stop testing and quietly destroy their samples. Officials even squelched health care workers, like the late Dr. Li Wenliang, who tried to warn colleagues of the coming epidemic.
Li and others knew in December the virus was spreading through human contact. But the government publicly denied it until Jan. 20. The World Health Organization tweeted Jan. 14, “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.” Such lies helped the virus spread more quickly than it should’ve, as Wuhan authorities OK’d a potluck banquet involving tens of thousands of people.
Now Beijing is rewriting history, even claiming its “swift” action bought the rest of the world time. And it’s insisting America might be the outbreak’s true source.
Twitter is banned in China, but Foreign Ministry propagandist Zhao Lijian is using it to lie to the world: “It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” he tweeted. “US owe us an explanation!”
Now Beijing is ejecting American reporters from the country, including Wall Street Journal writers who revealed the cover-up.
Every arm of the US government — and the US media — needs to be blaring the truth to the world.