Please keep in mind, what follows is essentially a ‘conspiracy theory.’ I have no evidence that any of this has actually happened this way, and you may want to consider it an ‘opinion piece.’
No one has ever accused me of being politically correct, hence the title for this post. Having spent time in China, I think it’s a good idea for me to try to explain the mentality that leads Chairman Xi to accuse the US military of being responsible for COVID-19.
As long-time followers have read in past posts, the Chinese do not have the same value system that the West does. Here, in the West, right and wrong are primarily defined by the Judeo/Christian ethic. Part of that ethic is that lying is wrong. That ethic has never been a part of Chinese culture or history. So, when confronted with an uncomfortable truth, the Chinese will deflect with a lie, as they don’t see it as being wrong or evil. I have seen this happen more than once during my long-term stays in China. This leads to the obvious question, why does Chairman Xi need to lie about the coronavirus?
The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan which is roughly the equivalent of Chicago in the United States to the Chinese. It is a big city with industry, colleges, markets, and a fairly modern bio-research center. All I can do is speculate from this point forward. IF, and it’s a big IF, the Chinese military wanted to test a bioweapon, or, if one were to accidentally escape, Wuhan would be where it would likely happen. The next question this leads to is why would the Chinese government want to test a bioweapon on their own people?
Let’s look at the numbers for a moment. China has about 1.4 BILLION citizens. If we accept the numbers provided by WHO and the CDC, around 81,000 people have been infected with the virus in China. That is .006% of their population. Infinitesimal to a totalitarian regime. If you wanted to test the transmission rate and lethality of a bioweapon, this would be a good proving ground. It would also allow the Chinese government to stress test their healthcare system and containment plans. It also helps them determine, in some cases, who they can deem loyal to the central government and who they cannot.
There is one more important factor. When was the last time you heard about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong? Diversion is one of the most used tactics of the Chinese communist regime. In fact, I have found it ingrained in most of the Chinese culture, including business. But, it would take a very large diversion to pull the world’s attention away from the protests and reactions to them in Hong Kong.
Still, Chairman Xi cannot afford to have the handling of the coronavirus reflect badly on him. So, he has to blame someone else. Face, what we might call stature, is very important to the Chinese and vital to the Chairman of the communist party. By deflecting the blame, he is able to save Face, and attempt to lower the stature of the United States in the process.
As an aside, for those of you who read my post of 3/10/2020 (WHAT YOU AREN’T BEING TOLD,) the projected numbers of infected in the United States listed in the table have been very close.
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Have a safe weekend.