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Chinese Biological Experiments To Infect Humans With Coronavirus Exposed In 2015 By Italian State Media

Five years ago, Italian state owned media Company, Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana, exposed dark efforts by China on viruses. The video, which was broadcast in November, 2015, showed how Chinese scientists were doing biological experiments on a SARS connected virus believed to be Coronavirus, derived from bats and mice, asking whether it was worth the risk in order to be able to modify the virus for compatibility with human organisms.

 

Chinese Biological Experiments

Chinese scientists have created a pulmonary supervirus from bats and mice only for study reasons but there are many questionable aspects to this. Is it worth the risk? It’s an experiment, of course, but it is worrisome. It worries many scientists: It is a group of Chinese researchers attaching a protein taken from bats to the SARS virus, Acute Pneumonia, derived from mice. The output is a super coronavirus that could affect man. It remains closed in laboratories and it is only for study purposes, but is it worth the risk – creating such a great threat only for examination purposes?

The debate about the risks of research is as old as science itself. Like the myth of Icarus, who plunged from the Sky and perished in the sea, having gone too close to the Sun with the wings of wax designed by his father!

Here is an experiment in China, in which a group of scientists has managed to develop a chimera – an organism modified by attaching the surface protein of a coronavirus found in bats of the common species called the Great Horseshoe Bat, to a virus that causes SARS in mice, although in a non-fatal form. It was suspected that the protein could make the chimeric hybrid organism suitable for affecting humans, and the experiment confirmed it.

It is precisely this molecule, called SHCO14, that allows the coronavirus to attach itself to our respiratory cells and to trigger the syndrome. According to researchers, the two organisms, the original and even more so the engineered one, can infect humans directly from bats, without going through an intermediate species like the mouse, and it is this eventuality that raises many controversies.

Just one year ago (this broadcast is of 2015), the U.S. government suspended research funding, which aimed to make viruses more contagious. The moratorium did not stop the work of the Chinese on SARS, which was already in advanced stages and looked relatively harmless.

According to a section of the scientific community, it is in fact not dangerous. The probability that the virus may pass to our species was insignificant compared to the benefits of the virus – an argument that many other experts rejected. First, because the relationship between risk and benefit is difficult to evaluate and second, because especially in these times, it is more prudent to not put into circulation an organism that can escape or be removed from the control of laboratories.

As soon that this broadcast went viral on the Italian social media, journalists and experts began explaining it away saying, that the virus in the video was not COVID-19. Even the British journal Nature, which wrote the very publication this Italian show was based on, clarified that the virus the broadcast talked about was not related to the “Natural” COVID-19.

However, that is beside the point. This is not to say that the viruses are literally the same. This is to say that the information presented in the video is consistent with the information that China is doing a lot of research on bioweapons, and that the impact of the virus in the broadcast has a lot in common with mainstream information about the symptoms of COVID-19.

Moreover, Nature itself had done a piece in February, 2017, on the BSL-4 laboratory in Wuhan, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, raising valid concerns and theories, and wondering out loud whether experimentation with deadly viruses was a good idea.

“BSL-4 is the highest level of bio-containment: its criteria include filtering air and treating water and waste before they leave the laboratory, and stipulating that researchers change clothes and shower before and after using lab facilities. Such labs are often controversial….

Future plans include studying the pathogen that causes SARS, which also doesn’t require a BSL-4 lab, before moving on to Ebola and the West African Lassa virus, which do… Worries surround the Chinese lab… The SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times… The plan to expand into a network heightens such concerns. One BSL-4 lab in Harbin is already awaiting accreditation; the next two are expected to be in Beijing and Kunming.”

In January, 2020, Nature then sheepishly added an editor’s note to the top of the article, saying that there is in fact “no evidence” of this lab playing a role in the outbreak of coronavirus and that scientists believe that the source is likely “an animal market.”

Meanwhile, the Italian scientists at Milan University are investigating whether the coronavirus outbreak actually began in Italy in the last quarter of 2019. Milan and Lodi cities of Lombardy administrative region reported a “significant” increase in the number of people hospitalized for pneumonia and flu in October and December of 2019. Meanwhile, amidst worldwide criticism, a $20 trillion lawsuit has been filed against China for waging Biological war using Coronavirus.

 

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There are a lot of stories going around the internet now about how how China did this or that, the US did that and this and the financial elite are behind it, the UN are behind it, it's a plot to reduce the world population, it's a plot to bring in one world government, 5g towers are causing it, sinners are causing it, Mother Earth - Gaia - is causing it, it's the Christian rapture, it's the Commies, the Capitalists, the anti Trumpers trying to make him look bad... most of them sound batshit crazy to me but they literally all have a few links with some expert being interviewed as proof so hell,what do I know?

 

 

At the end of the day though, it started in China and spread to the rest of the world. It didn't need to become a big problem in China but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so China ignored the scientists.

 

And then it became a big problem in Iran. It probably didn't need to become a big problem there either but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so Iran ignored the scientists.

 

And then it became a big problem in Europe. It probably didn't need to become a big problem there either but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so Europe ignored the scientists.

 

And then it became a big problem in North America. It probably didn't need to become a big problem there either but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so North America ignored the scientists.

 

And the rest of the world is pretty much following the trend.

 

When everyone is doing the same thing while pointing the finger at everyone else I really think going down the blame game road is pointless. We can and should be working together and looking at what needs to happen to make sure there isn't a covid20 instead.

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Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk'

 

WASHINGTON — 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.

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There are a lot of stories going around the internet now about how how China did this or that, the US did that and this and the financial elite are behind it, the UN are behind it, it's a plot to reduce the world population, it's a plot to bring in one world government, 5g towers are causing it, sinners are causing it, Mother Earth - Gaia - is causing it, it's the Christian rapture, it's the Commies, the Capitalists, the anti Trumpers trying to make him look bad... most of them sound batshit crazy to me but they literally all have a few links with some expert being interviewed as proof so hell,what do I know?

 

 

At the end of the day though, it started in China and spread to the rest of the world. It didn't need to become a big problem in China but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so China ignored the scientists.

 

And then it became a big problem in Iran. It probably didn't need to become a big problem there either but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so Iran ignored the scientists.

 

And then it became a big problem in Europe. It probably didn't need to become a big problem there either but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so Europe ignored the scientists.

 

And then it became a big problem in North America. It probably didn't need to become a big problem there either but taking the drastic action that was needed would have really hurt the economy and scientists talking about how a few people with the flu would lead to a pandemic didn't sound very believable or serious so North America ignored the scientists.

 

And the rest of the world is pretty much following the trend.

 

When everyone is doing the same thing while pointing the finger at everyone else I really think going down the blame game road is pointless. We can and should be working together and looking at what needs to happen to make sure there isn't a covid20 instead.

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Face and ... punitive damages ...

No. 2: China is Legally Liable

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-intelligence-report-accuses-ch...

 

New US Intelligence Report Accuses China Of Deliberately Lying About Coronavirus Figures

 

 

A day after China reported more than 1,500 additional "asymptomatic" cases that authorities said had been left out of the country's data, while promising to start reporting these cases (they've already reported 50 more on Wednesday, blaming most of them on travel) going forward, an intelligence report has been submitted to the White House accusing Beijing of deliberately underreporting cases.

The report, which was leaked to the US press by senior-level officials, revealed that the US believes China deliberately tried to conceal the extent of the outbreak, suggesting that Beijing's decision to lift its lockdown is probably premature, which is why they're pivoting toward blaming foreigners for these new "asymptomatic" cases that have supposedly been known to the government all along, they just simply 'forgot' to count them.

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Hold China liable for worldwide coronavirus costs

 

https://foundersbroadsheet.com/hold-china-liable-for-worldwide-coronavir...

Courts on all six continents should be holding the government of China liable for worldwide coronavirus costs. For over a month, the totalitarian Communist government concealed the existence of a dangerous epidemic threat and threatened or jailed those of its doctors and citizens attempting to warn of its existence.

“[T]he spread of the virus to regions outside Asia would knock 1.3% off global growth this year, the equivalent of $1.1 trillion in lost income,” The Guardian reports, citing a study by Oxford Economics. Deaths have already occurred outside China — in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the US, Italy, and Iran — with many more taken sick with the highly infectious lung disease. China and the world could largely have been spared the deaths, injuries, and costs if China had had a free press and responsive democratic government, as in Taiwan.

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https://warontherocks.com/2020/03/china-is-legally-responsible-for-covid...

CHINA IS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR COVID-19 DAMAGE AND CLAIMS COULD BE IN THE TRILLIONS

As the novel coronavirus incubated in Wuhan from mid-December to mid-January, the Chinese state made evidently intentional misrepresentations to its people concerning the outbreak, providing false assurances to the population preceding the approach of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Jan. 25. In mid-December, an outbreak of a novel influenza-like illness was traced to workers and customers of the city’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which contained exotic and wild animal species. On Dec. 26, multiple Chinese news outlets released reports of an anonymous laboratory technician who made a startling discovery: The sickness was caused by a new coronavirus that was 87 percent similar to SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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"One Of The Worst Coverups In Human History": MSM Attention Turns To Chinese Biolab Near COVID-19 Ground Zero

What took you guys so long?

 

In late January we asked whether a prolific Chinese scientist who was experimenting with bat coronavirus at a level-4 biolab in Wuhan China was responsible for the current outbreak of a virus which is 96% genetically identical - and which saw an explosion in cases at a wet market located just down the street.

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 I don't get any pints by posting this here ...

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/india-drags-china-international-c...

 

India Drags China To International Court For COVID-19 War

As a direct impact of extensive GreatGameIndia reporting on the sinister aspect of Coronavirus being manufactured as a biological weapon, now India has dragged China to international court for waging COVID-19 War. India’s complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking compensation from China specifically presents as evidence GratGameIndia's report on how Chinese biowarfare agents stole Coronavirus from a Canadian lab and weaponized it at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In addition to the Indian complaint, a $20 trillion lawsuit has also been filled against China for waging a Biological war in Texas Federal Court, alleging that it unleashed the cotonavirus as a bioweapon upon the world.

 

 

 

The Complaint

The International Council of Jurists (ICJ) and All India Bar Association have moved the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking compensation from China for “surreptitiously developing a biological weapon capable of mass destruction.”

The complaint was penned by senior advocate Adish C. Aggarwala, the Chairperson of All India Bar Association and President of International Council of Jurists, in the backdrop of the spread of deadly coronavirus, which has claimed thousands of lives across the world.

“It is humbly prayed that the UNHRC may be pleased to enquire and direct China and to adequately compensate international community and member states, particularly India, for surreptitiously developing a biological weapon capable of mass destruction of mankind,” Aggarwala stated in the complaint.

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Whoever couldn't see Ambi's u-Tube vid about possible origins of Covid virus by Matthew Tye, an American living in Wahun, here is Zero's thread about it:

 

All Trails Lead Back To The Wuhan Bio-Lab

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/all-trails-lead-back-wuhan-bio-lab

 

It describes well what you can see on his u-Tube vid ...

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https://www.zerohedge.com/health/its-about-time-trump-admin-wants-work-d...

Trump Admin Wants To 'Work Directly' With Wuhan Institute Of Virology

Surprisingly, even CNN has much-belatedly and very unexpectedly started posing critical questions centered on the Wuhan Institute of Virology while doing a review of various theories as to COVID-19's origins. CNN on Monday cited that "one expert, a chemical biology professor and bioweapons expert at Rutgers University, has suggested to several media outlets that the lab-accident theory has credence."

"The possibility that the virus entered humans through a laboratory accident cannot and should not be dismissed," Dr. Richard Ebright told CNN in an email Sunday. This comes more than two months after the mainstream media went ballistic over our posing the same questions. In late January we had asked whether a prolific Chinese scientist who was experimenting with bat coronavirus at a level-4 biolab in Wuhan China was responsible for the current outbreak of a virus which is 96% genetically identical - and which saw an explosion in cases at a wet market located just down the street.

And now this via Reuters Tuesday"A senior Trump administration official urged China on Tuesday to allow the United States to work directly with laboratories in Wuhan on research into the novel coronavirus, saying this was critical to saving lives globally." 

 

“We would appreciate the opportunity to work directly with their Virology labs in Wuhan to share whatever research they have,” the Trump admin official said.

The unnamed administration official explained:

“Since the pandemic originated in Wuhan, we think cooperation with PRC medical and disease experts there is critical to saving lives globally.”

Well yes, it's about time there's some official movement centered on the very place most likely to hold the keys to the mystery of both COVID-19's origins and how to combat it and/or prevent it.

 

The admin statement is specifically in response to an apparent fast thawing of tensions between Beijing and Washington on the outbreak, after a month-long war of words trading accusations over its handling. China's ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai, said in a NYT op-ed Sunday that despite recent “unpleasant talk” between the two centered on the pandemic, it's now time for “solidarity, collaboration and mutual support.”

Scientists inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. AFP via Getty

  

In a rare belated moment, the senior Trump administration official zeroed in on the Wuhan Institute of Virology Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory, the county's top lab dedicated to the research of severe infectious diseases, which again happens to be located a mere miles from the Wuhan wet market which witnessed the first cases:

“If Ambassador Cui is saying that China is willing to cooperate with the U.S., we would appreciate the opportunity to work directly with their Virology labs in Wuhan to share whatever research they have, since they’ve known about it and have been fighting it for at least a month longer than our scientists here in the U.S.,” the official said.

It also just so happens that Wuhan at the start of this week lifted its lockdown after infections have dramatically declined to near zero new infections per day.

It must be remembered that starting in February the director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Kelvin Droegemeier, requested in a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, that scientific experts "rapidly" look into the origins of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak

The White House letter said this remained crucial "to inform future outbreak preparation and better understand animal/human and environmental transmission aspects of coronaviruses."

Beijing's response to this latest initiative to open up the Wuhan lab for cooperation with US scientists investigating the origins of the virus is sure to be interesting. And a potential lack of response altogether, a likely prospect, will also be telling.

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    "They Missed The Call" - Trump Plans To Withhold Money From WHO Over 'Botched' Crisis Response

      For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look.

       

       

      Update (1810ET): After tweeting his criticism of the WHO earlier, President Trump brought up the NGO giant again during Tuesday night's briefing, reiterating that there is a plan in place to withhold some American financing for the organization.

       

      The US is one of the WHO's biggest backers, along with China.

       

      President Trump said Tuesday night that "we’re going to put a hold on money spent on the WHO."

       

      He added that "they missed the call" on the coronavirus pandemic.

      Journalists swiftly whipped out some memos from January that the WHO issued warning about the potential devastation to be caused by the novel coronavirus, memos published at a time that Trump was still playing down the crisis.

      Of course, these 'impartial reporters' are ignoring the many criticisms and legitimate questions that have been raised about the WHOs motivations and objectives, along with the many mistakes it has been accused of making during the early weeks of the global response.

      Remember when the WHO dragged its feet on labeling the novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency, before doing the exact same thing before finally admitting that the COVID-19 is officially a major pandemic with no precedents in the last 100 years. Most notoriously, it supported Beijing's claims that travel restrictions were 'racist', and claimed they were unnecessary during the early weeks of the outbreak.

      Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

      "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?"

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      https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/kyle-bass-blasts-chinas-most-lyin...

       

      Kyle Bass Blasts China's "Most Lying, Coercive, Manipulative Government" For "Knowingly Infecting The World"

      With countries around the world in quarantine or lockdown mode to deal with the Wuhan coronavirus or CCP virus pandemic, what can we expect in terms of economic fallout?

      What evidence has emerged showing the Chinese Communist Party is culpable?

      What will happen to the US, Chinese, and Hong Kong economies as the pandemic wanes?

       

      And why is Hong Kong’s situation particularly perilous?

      In this episode, we sit down with Kyle Bass, the founder and chief investment officer of Hayman Capital Management, a Dallas-based hedge fund. Bass is a founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, and he is also Chairman of the Board of The Rule of Law Foundation.

      Mr. Bass: I just think it’s important for the press to really think about, and for the world to think about what really happened in a timeline, and not some conspiracy theory because China won’t allow us in, and won’t allow our scientists to try to find patient zero and origin of the virus. And in fact, you’ve probably seen recent communiques between the Chinese Communist Party and their labs that their lab output has to be censored by the CCP, or that has anything to do with the Wuhan virus, [has to be approved] before it goes to the rest of the world. So, they are very sensitive on this topic—number one.

      And number two, if you look back to the timeline, and you understand what happened, China has an enormous culpability. They actually have a legal liability, and one that’s a financial liability. I don’t know if you’ve seen various interviews in the last few days of U.S. legislators but there is a growing tide, of not only resentment, but a growing tide of people in the legislative branch of the U.S. and the UK governments, and now it’s bleeding into Australia and Canada, where they’re starting to say that we need to use the rule of law, the U.S. rule of law, the British Common Law, to start talking about reparations and getting the Chinese government to pay for their malign actions. And I think it’s important to note: on December 31, there were already 104 cases and 19 deaths in Wuhan. The Wuhan scientists, the heroes who first found this strange new pneumonia that was propagating itself so freely in Wuhan, not only were they arrested, and punished, and forced to retract statements that they had put on WeChat, but as you know, since then, one of the doctors who was 33 years old has died from the Wuhan virus.

       

      Secondarily, that all happened in December. So by December 31, the government of Taiwan sent a white paper to the World Health Organization explaining that they had full evidence that there was human-to-human transmission, and that it was going to be a new global pandemic. And if you remember, on January 14, Tedros said to the world in a proclamation on a Tweet that this is not a global pandemic, and that he had just consulted with Xi Jinping and the Chinese, and that there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission—this is January 14. And then January 23, Xi Jinping closed down all air traffic from Wuhan to the rest of China. But he allowed Wuhan air traffic to travel to the rest of the world. Essentially, Xi Jinping knowingly infected the rest of the world. … “If he’s going to go down, the world is going to go down with him,” essentially what he was saying. That is not a responsible actor. That is not a government who’s ideologically aligned with the rest of the West. This is a government that basically covered up the truth. And we all know that they covered up the truth, but now, it’s actually after Neil Ferguson’s Boston Globe article, and now you see that the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on February 2 that it is xenophobic to close anyone’s borders to the Chinese, and that travel restriction shouldn’t be made. Xi Jinping himself shut down Wuhan, January 23; this is February 2, they’re telling the world this. 

      They are the most lying, coercive, manipulative government in the world, and you and I both know, they are committing the largest crimes against humanity prior to this outbreak of the sinister virus that God knows where it really came from—somewhere between the Wuhan wet market, the Chinese Center for Disease Control, which is right across the street, or maybe 20 miles north, at the Biosafety Level 4 lab in China. But the bottom line is, this disease has been unleashed on the rest of the world, and it was knowingly done so. And that’s why I’m so visibly upset about this.

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      The old idiom in China, the nail above the floor gets the hammer, they knocked down the nail (whistleblowers) and the whole damn floor exploded around them.

       

      It's too big of a mess to cleanup without some accountablilty.

       

      WHO, world health organization, is supposed to aide the health of the world, sort of says it in the name, and they failed on a massive scale, the world will not stand by and not hold someone accountable for this.

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      Merkel looks like she's undergoing sex change hormonal treatment ... surprise

       

      China Outraged After Largest German Newspaper Accuses Beijing Of "Exporting" Coronavirus Pandemic, Demands €149 Billion In Damages

      "China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus."

       

      Addressing the Chinese president, the German editor wrote that, "You, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it. Your top experts didn't respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace."

      Reichelt said that, "You rule by surveillance. You wouldn't be president without surveillance. You monitor everything, every citizen, but you refuse to monitor the diseased wet markets in your country. You shut down every newspaper and website that is critical of your rule, but not the stalls where bat soup is sold. You are not only monitoring your people, you are endangering them – and with them, the rest of the world.

      He continued with his bill of particulars, noting that “surveillance is a denial of freedom. And a nation that is not free, is not creative. A nation that is not innovative, does not invent anything. This is why you have made your country the world champion in intellectual property theft.

      “China enriches itself with the inventions of others, instead of inventing on its own,” Reichelt wrote. "The reason China does not innovate and invent is that you don't let the young people in your country think freely. China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus.”

      We can't wait to read what Reichelt will have to say when it is confirmed that the "Wu Flu" escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a development we expect will take place any day.

      The best-selling paper Bild calculated prior to Reichelt's editorial that China owed Germany €149 billion for coronavirus damages, triggering the angry response from the Chinese embassy in Berlin. Bild said the compensation amounts to €1,784 per person if Germany's GDP drops by 4.2 percent. The Bild article was titled: "What China owes us."

      Oh, and yes, the same line of questioning that got this site banned by the "ultra liberal" arbiters of all that is true and just in this world - and direct whose actions may have facilitates the deaths of thousands of people around the globe - was not lost on the Bild editor-in-chief, who cited last week's Washington Post article reporting that, "your laboratories in Wuhan have been researching coronaviruses in bats, but without maintaining the highest safety standards. Why are your toxic laboratories not as secure as your prisons for political prisoners? Would you like to explain this to the grieving widows, daughters, sons, husbands, parents of corona victims all over the world?"

      Reichelt concluded that, "In your country, your people are whispering about you. Your power is crumbling. You have created an inscrutable, non-transparent China. Before Corona, China was known as a surveillance state. Now, China is known as a surveillance state that infected the world with a deadly disease.That is your political legacy."

       

      "Krouts were always good at counting, thou ... Take this, China ...

       

        I saw a flyer ...

       

      Free Schengen visa for all members of Standing Committee ..;

      City/Country of Designated Travel: "... Hague, Belgium ..";

      Address: "International Court of Justice";

      Topic: "Intensive Course in English Language", Sub-topic: Review of "International Law Regulations and Penalties";

       

      English Course will be provided free of charge ... conducted by the non-Native English Head of International Court, and several appointed barristers, also all non-Native English sneakers ...he, he.

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      https://9now.nine.com.au/60-minutes/six-trillion-dollar-lawsuit-china-re...

       

      https://www.tweaktown.com/news/71893/coronavirus-cover-up-china-hit-with...

       

      A class action lawsuit is suing the Chinese Communist Party for $4 trillion over COVID-19 coronavirus

       

      A new class action lawsuit has been brought on by Florida-based law firm Berman Law Group against the Chinese Communist Party, with over 10,000 people signing the class action lawsuit seeking $4 trillion -- yes, trillion with a T.

      The $4 trillion lawsuit has family members that have contracted, and died of COVID-19 as well as healthcare workers who have gotten sick and died from COVID-19, as they didn't have personal protective equipment. 60 Minutes Australia  talked with the chief stategist behind the lawsuit in Florida, Jeremy Alters.

       

      Alters said that China should take accountability for the human loss and economic destruction that has knocked the world onto its knees, telling a 60 Minutes reporter: "We are now in the depth of this economic and human crisis that could have been mostly prevented, if not all prevented".

       

      He continued: "This lawsuit is based on the fact that [China] knew about this virus. They failed to contain the virus. They failed to let us know in a timely fashion about the virus and have unleashed hell on our communities, on our countries, the United States, Australia and everywhere else".

       

      Alters said that his law firm wants to be able to "gain compensation for them to help them get on with their lives the best way they can, and to try to put people back to normal".

       

      As for the changes of winning the lawsuit, considering it is a economy-crushing $4 trillion -- Alters added: "The chances are not nil. They are very good. We will be able to pursue this in court and it will be up to our judge or judges. And at some point, bring China to bear so that they have to pay for what they've done".

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      https://warontherocks.com/2020/03/china-is-legally-responsible-for-covid...

       

      International Health Regulations

      As one of the 194 states party to the legally binding 2005 International Health Regulations, China has a duty to rapidly gather information about and contribute to a common understanding of what may constitute a public health emergency with potential international implications. The legally binding International Health Regulations were adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1969, to control six infectious diseases: cholera, plague, yellow fever, smallpox, relapsing fever, and typhus. The 2005 revision added smallpox, poliomyelitis due to wild-type poliovirus, SARS, and cases of human influenza caused by a new subtype, set forth in the second annex.

      Article 6 of the International Health Regulations requires states to provide expedited, timely, accurate, and sufficiently detailed information to WHO about the potential public health emergencies identified in the second annex in order to galvanize efforts to prevent pandemics. WHO also has a mandate in Article 10 to seek verification from states with respect to unofficial reports of pathogenic microorganisms. States are required to provide timely and transparent information as requested within 24 hours, and to participate in collaborative assessments of the risks presented. Yet China rejected repeated offers of epidemic investigation assistance from WHO in late January (and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early February), without explanation. The Washington Post concluded in a story on Feb. 26 that China “ was not sending details that WHO officials and other experts expect and need.” While WHO later commended China for its efforts, Mara Pillinger of Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law concluded that "Beijing’s partial collaboration makes it politically tricky for WHO to publicly contradict” China while still getting at least some useful data from China.

      China’s Legal Responsibility

      While China’s intentional conduct is wrongful, is it unlawful? If so, do other states have a legal remedy? Under Article 1 of the International Law Commission’s 2001

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      https://nationalinterest.org/print/feature/coming-china-backlash-147876 2/7

       

      The Coming China Backlash 

       

       

      There is a pent-up volcano of rage against the Chinese regime for its reckless coverup of a devouring pandemic.

       

      “A generation has died in just over two weeks. We’ve never seen anything like this and it just makes you cry, ” lamented a funeral director in northern Italian city of Bergamo, the epicenter of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in recent months. As a testament to the scale of a historic tragedy unfolding at the heart of Europe, the city’s local newspaper, L’Eco di Bergamo, dedicated ten pages to obituaries on March 13. The head of respiratory unit of the city’s Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII, Dr. Fabiano Di Marco, put it this way: “It’s like a war.” In fact, the Italian armed forces have been reportedly deployed to assist in the burial of countless victims across the country.

       

      In an even more bizarre turn of events, China is now imposing strict restrictions on tourists and citizens returning from Europe and elsewhere. Instead of Beijing’s much-vaunted “One Belt, One Road, ” what the world is confronting a “One Belt, One Plague” reality across the Eurasian landmass, stretching from China’s east coast to the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean, if not the North Sea. The question, therefore is: What’s next?

       

      With clear evidence of systematic cover up by Chinese authorities in the early stages of the emerging pandemic, a growing number of people around the world are seeking criminal accountability. A recent expose by the Associated Press, based on internal Chinese documents, shows that for almost an entire week in mid-January Beijing withheld information even when the true extent of the pandemic threat became crystal clear.

       

      In a telltale of things to come, one group in Dallas is suing the Chinese government for $20 trillion in damages. In a recent report, titled “Coronavirus Compensation?, ” Britain’s conservative think tank The Henry Jackson Society raised the possibility of a £3.2 trillion lawsuit against China on ten possible legal avenues, including the violation of International Health Regulations. Meanwhile, Germany’s largest paper Bild sent a symbolic invoice of €149 billion to China for damages caused to the European country.

       

      The newspaper’s editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt lashed out at China’s President Xi Jinping, stating: “You, your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the 3/7 world in the dark about it. Your top experts didn’t respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan. You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace.”

       

      Always eager to deflect accountability, the Communist Regime in Beijing seems to have anticipated the gathering storm of the greatest torrent of anti-China sentiments in recent memory by launching its own counteroffensive, including the bizarre claim that the contagion is an American biowarfare conspiracy. We don’t know what the exact trajectory of the pandemic will be, given the differential levels of responses by a complex array of institutions around the world. But what’s clear is that, geopolitically speaking, this is going to get very ugly in coming months and even years to come.

       

      The New Chernobyl

      “I have seen the Future and it works, ” declared the muckraker American journalist Lincoln Steffens following an exuberant visit to the Soviet Union on the eve of World War I. Overwhelmed by the grandeur of Stalinist utopian projects, Western visitors, who were largely and carefully confined to the Potemkin Villages, couldn’t resist elegiac reviews of the most selfconscious ideological project of the twentieth century. 

       

      Over the next decades, however, the rotten core of the Lenist-Marxist system became crystal clear. Politically, the Soviet Union’s invasion of Hungary, and later brutal suppression of the “Prague Spring” in Czechoslovakia, heavily undermined its supposed commitment to the freedom and independence of smaller nations. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn dealt a fatal blow to the Soviet’s claims of moral ascendancy by exposing the indubitably bankrupt dystopian reality in Russia’s peripheries, above all the Gulags in the vast Siberian wastelands.

       

      Economically, came the Great Stagnation, most apparent during the Brezhnev years, but rooted in white elephant projects such as the Trans-Siberia Railway plan, not to mention prohibitively unsustainable defense spending reaching above 60 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in mid-1940s and settling at around 20 percent until the twilight years of Cold War. The Chernobyl disaster, however, crystallized simmering worries about the fundamental integrity of the Soviet system of social organization.

       

      Not long after the nuclear disaster, which threatened tens of millions in north-eastern Europe and beyond, the world entered Fukyama’s “End of History” , as the Soviet project slid into the dustbin of history as the last great ideological rival to Western civilizational project.

       

      The coronavirus pandemic is China’s version of Chernobyl, though more ambiguously and more destructively. On the surface, China is no Soviet Union. It’s integral to the global economy, responsible for almost a third of global GDP growth in recent years. In many ways, it’s immanent to the functioning of universal capitalism. It’s bureaucracy, one of the world’s oldest, has been hailed for its emphasis on competence and dynamism, most famously by venture capitalist Eric Li. Unlike the Soviet’s largely isolated and extractive economy, China is the world’s factory and increasingly a dominant player in cutting-edge industries, including artificial intelligence.

       

      So impressed are some by China’s strides in new-generation technologies that the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harrari has postulated the dominance of digital authoritarianism in the twenty-first century in contrast to the decisive victory of the West’s Hayekian spontaneous organization in the preceding century. China is rich, prosperous and technologically advanced in ways the Soviet Union never war, or could ever become. As progressive thinkers such as Perry Anderson have pointed out, systemic dynamism was central to the Chinese communist revolution in ways its Russian counterpart never was. Others would argue almost ontologically, namely that China is just so vast, dynamic and complex that it remains largely unknown, including to its own ruling elite.

       

      World War C

      Throughout the first two decades of the post–Cold War period, China opportunistically sailed on the crest of American-led economic globalization. The upshot of this seemingly symbiotic Sino-Western dynamic was what Joshua Cooper-Ramo famously termed as the “Beijing Consensus”: namely, a post-ideological commitment to mercantilist “win-win” intercourse with the world, especially the post-colonial realm. It was not until the tale end of the Hu Jintao administration, which coincided with the Great Recession, that the we began to see a new assertiveness in Beijing, as the inheritor of a millennia-old imperial tradition began to carve out its own global Empire on the cheap. Instead of an “end of history” , what we soon got was President Xi Jinping’s, the world’s most powerful strongman, “Chinese Dream” and hopes for a “Great Rejuvenation” of the one of the world’s oldest empires-in-disguise.

       

      Upon closer examination, China is the Soviet Union, but in a very specific and consequential way. Since the ascent of Xi, the country has appropriated Maoist politics with disturbing consequences for systemic stability. In particular, the massive purge of rivals, ostensibly on corruption charges, has unleashed a tsunami of fear and trembling, which has incentivized cover up and sycophancy like never before.

       

      In the words of China expert Minxin Pei, “pathological secrecy hobbles the authorities’ capacity to respond quickly to epidemics, ” because “[t]o maintain its authority, the Communist Party of China must keep the public convinced that everything is going according to plan. That means carrying out systemic cover-ups of scandals and deficiencies that may reflect poorly upon the CPC’s leadership, instead of doing what is necessary to respond.” This may explain the recurrence of epidemics in China, mainly thanks to reckless failure to rein in illegal and highly liberalized wildlife trade at home.

       

      Crucially, China-based investigative journalists at Caixin Global have revealed that scientists were instructed to destroy the evidence of a new SARS-like virus almost three month ago—to the detriment of the whole world. As a Wuhan based journalist lamented, “Everyone must understand, first of all, that this epidemic was allowed to spread for a period of more than forty days before . . . any decisive action taken.”

       

      To put the crisis into context, the Wuhan journalist explains, echoing Pei’s argument, “the main efforts undertaken by the leadership, and by provincial and city governments in particular…were focused mostly not on the containment of the epidemic itself, but on the containment and suppression of information about the disease.” Thus, the widespread outrage and calls for press freedom across China following the death of LiWenliang, one of the “brave eight” heroes, who exposed the true nature of the epidemic threat last year.

       

      President Donald Trump has come under repeated attacks for using the term “Chinese Virus, ” instead of the politically correct coronavirus. What his critics, who correctly warn against fanning the flames of anti-Asian xenophobia, often overlook is that the pandemic is largely a responsibility of the Chinese authorities, especially in Wuhan. It’s not racist to point out the culpability of the ruling regime, in as much as we should stand in solidarity with ordinary Chinese people, who are as much, if not greater, victims of the contemporary system of repression.

       

      In Albert Camus’ The Plague, the protagonist helplessly laments, “I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” But the world is also angry, and there is a pent-up volcano of rage against the Chinese regime for its reckless coverup of a devouring pandemic. Trump’s aggressive rhetoric and trade wars against China may seem a mild version of what’s to come, no matter who wins this November’s elections.

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      Enough! Clearly China has nothing to hide.

       

      https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/world/coronavirus-world-tracker.html

       

      The E.U., pressured by Beijing, watered down a report on China’s disinformation.

      Bowing to pressure from Beijing, the European Union this week softened criticism of China in a report on disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times has learned.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-australia-china-idUSKCN2290Z6

       

      Australia last week called for all members of the World Health Organization (WHO) to support an independent review into the origins and spread of the coronavirus, and is lobbying world leaders.

      China’s foreign ministry has attacked the proposal.

      “Maybe the ordinary people will say ‘Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?” Chinese ambassador to Australia, Cheng said in the interview published on the front page of The Australian Financial Review.

      Cheng said it was possible that tourists may have “second thoughts” about visiting Australia.

      “The parents of the students would also think ... whether this is the best place to send their kids,” he added.

      After energy exports, education and tourism are Australia’s biggest export industries, with China the largest market.

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      https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3081564/eu-toned-down-...

       

      EU toned down report on Chinese disinformation after Beijing threatened ‘repercussions’, diplomatic sources say

      *Sources tell South China Morning Post that references to Beijing’s efforts to deflect blame for the Covid-19 outbreak were removed due to fears it would withhold medical supplies in revenge

      *Initial version accused China of running ‘global disinformation campaign’ and used ‘covert and overt’ tactics

      Published: 9:30pm, 25 Apr, 2020

       

      The European Union toned down part of a report about Chinese state-backed disinformation because it feared Beijing would retaliate by withholding medical supplies, diplomatic sources have said.

      The initial version of the report, seen by the South China Morning Post, described China as running a “global disinformation campaign” to deflect blame for the coronavirus outbreak using “both overt and covert tactics”.

      Post has learnt that this section was removed after Beijing intervened and warned EU diplomats based in China there would be unspecified repercussions.

      EU diplomats were worried that this would “strain” relations and make it “more difficult to get medical supplies” that are desperately needed in Europe’s fight against Covid-19, according to a source

      This series of events highlights both China’s concern over the way its handling of the pandemic is seen abroad, but also its ability to sway foreign governments – even those as powerful as the EU – because of its status as the key exporter of strategic products.

      The report in question was a regular update produced by the EU’s disinformation team, which is embedded in the bloc’s diplomatic unit, the European External Action Service (EEAS).

       

      The team was originally set up to monitor suspected Russian disinformation and propaganda, but last year expanded its remit to China.

       

      Recently it helped counteract Chinese propaganda highlighting the country’s role in providing medical supplies to some of the worst affected countries such as Italy and Spain. Brussels responded by pointing out that France and Germany combined had provided more masks to Italy than China.

       

      In its last published report, released on April 1, the disinformation team said China’s “state media and government officials promote not proven theories about the origin of Covid-19”, adding that Chinese coverage was highlighting “displays of gratitude by some European leaders in response to Chinese aid” 

      It remains unclear how Chinese diplomats got hold of the report before it was published.

       

      According to Reuters, Yang Xiaoguang, a counsellor of the European department of China’s foreign ministry, met EU diplomats in Beijing to discuss their concerns.

      These diplomats then conveyed the Chinese officials’ remarks to their colleagues in Brussels, the report said.

       

      Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Esther Osorio, a communications adviser to Josep Borrell, the head of the EU diplomatic service, personally intervened to delay the release of the initial report.

      She reportedly asked analysts to revise the document to focus less explicitly on China and Russia to avoid accusations of bias, noting “heavy pushback” from Beijing, despite objections from some members of the team.

      The EEAS denied it succumbed to pressure from Beijing. “We have never bowed to any alleged external political pressure,” said EU Commission foreign affairs spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson.

      She added that the report “presents the continued use of conspiracy narratives and disinformation from various official and state-backed sources, including Russia and China”.

       

      The original report said that European analysts had found a “continued and coordinated push by official Chinese sources to deflect any blame.”

      But the updated version says: “We see a continued and coordinated push by some actors, including Chinese sources, to deflect any blame.”

      China’s ambassador to the EU, Zhang Ming, still complained about the toned down version of the report.

      On Friday he told an online event organised by the Friends of Europe think tank: “Disinformation is an enemy for all of us and it should be addressed by all of us.

      “From the very beginning, China has suffered a lot from disinformation. We would do better to forget the politics now.”

      Reinhard Bütikofer, who chairs the European Parliament’s China delegation, called the claims “a little bit overblown”, saying the EU report had managed to include the key findings about Chinese disinformation campaigns.

      “If you are picking a fight with the propaganda apparatus of the Chinese Communist Party, you should be prudent about it, choose your words right and stand your ground,” said Bütikofer.

       

       

       

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