Iran, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA, each country with populations that can fit into many Chinese provinces, have had more Covid-19 cases and deaths than China – with a population of more than 1.4 billion people – the world’s largest, and the country where the virus originated and was hidden from the world for months.
There is something wrong with this picture.
The numbers just don’t add up or make sense, even the new revised numbers. Much like North Korea, a country sandwiched between China and South Korea, that claims zero Covid-19 cases, yet alone deaths.
Beijing’c closest allies, North Korea and Russia sealed their borders with China in January, and Iran stopped all flights from China in January because they don’t believe or trust China’s handling or pronouncements about Covid-19.
Iran went a step further and criticized China for hiding the true extent of the outbreak, with health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur lamenting that its inaccurate data “made a bitter joke with the rest of the world.”
The World Health Organization (“WHO”) was “China-centric,” praising China’s efforts at combating the virus as “setting a new standard” and insisted that China was “completely committed to transparency.” Almost every statement it made and advice it provided throughout January and February has proven to be incorrect. WHO didn’t even declare the coronavirus to be a pandemic until March 12! WHO is broken and needs to be reformed.
Beijing’s attempts at “mask diplomacy” are backfiring with reports of faulty or incorrect shipments of protective gear and test kits – not to mention China’s attempt to mask the Wuhan lab where the virus may have accidentally originated – subjecting China to potential legal liability.
The two accounting fraud scandals in a week earlier this month of New York Stock Exchange listed Chinese firms Luckin Coffee and TAL Education, further highlight China’s lack of accounting credibility. Having lived in China, done business there, visited Wuhan and many cities with wet markets where cats, dogs and countless other wild and exotic animals are slaughtered and sold – and labs with questionable safety measures — it is hard for me to accept the fact that only 4,600 have died since December 2019 – a mere two-to-three day total of New York, or some of the above mentioned countries deaths.
The reports of hundreds of thousands of urns and other death and funeral related paraphernalia delivered to Wuhan alone beg the question of why so many are needed if less than 5,000 people have died from the virus?
The government cover-up and truth will some day be revealed, either by whistle blowers, or disgruntled Communist Party members who are challenging Xi Jinping and his one-man party rule.
The breach of trust that China exhibited in concealing the onset of the pandemic and number of deaths will have far-reaching implications and side effects, not only at home, but for its aspirations for global leadership.