This is from the New York Post:
US officials believe China deliberately downplayed the country’s coronavirus outbreak in order to stock up on medical supplies needed to fight the illness, intelligence documents show.
In early January, Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report obtained by the Associated Press.
The analysis also says that for much of January China delayed reporting the coronavirus “was a contagion” to the World Health Organization so they could import personal protective equipment.
The report, which is dated May 1 and marked “for official use only,” said China increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies while downplaying the growing crisis.
The report’s conclusions were based on the 95 percent probability that China’s changes in imports and export behavior were not within normal range.
There is no public evidence to suggest that China deliberately withheld information for the purpose of hoarding the world’s medical supplies.
I do not totally agree. Not that is not true, but it only reflects part of the story.
I believe that China had a bigger reason to hide the severity of the CCP virus.
- Avoid humiliation is one. Hide their incompetence is another. And preserve their image of a very sophisticated and technologically advance country too.
- Another big reason lies in their DNA: Communism. Not a single human being would accept to live in a communist regime if he had the choice between freedom and totalitarism. How do you get a population to stay under a tyrannic regime? Fear, terror, violence and propaganda.
Now it happens that China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is their code name to dominate the world. And it’s based on a simple plan: Debt-trap diplomacy.
Debt-trap diplomacy is a very old and vicious concept. As vicious as Marxism.
It’s a strategy used by China to lure or trap developing, underdeveloped, and economically fragile countries like poor Asian neighbors, Africa, and weak European countries like Italy, Greece and Poland, to borrow more money than what they can repay to be used for much needed infrastructure projects they cannot afford. And when they cannot honor their debt obligations as China planned it, then China takes over assets, including strategic infrastructures and extract political concessions from the debtor countries.
Now look at the situation from the coronavirus angle.
- It must be a coincidence that countries have just been economically devastated by the Chinese coronavirus.
- And it’s a coincidence that economically devastated countries need help, and cash.
- And China happens to have a ready-made program for them, the “Belt and Road Initiative”.
Let me put it this way:
If I were China, and I wanted to accelerate my grip on the world, I would have spread the coronavirus so that the economies of the weakest would collapse, and I would be right there at the right time to offer them my “help”.
But again, it’s a coincidence.
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