The world as a whole is facing the worst health crisis with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The new nature of the virus has only increased concern and has plunged the world into a state of dismay and disorder.
With the global reach of the coronavirus, officially called SARS-CoV-2, several countries began to seek answers about its origin and spread.
China’s desperation to divert attention from the question of the origin of the new coronavirus, (with dubious medical assistance to countries in need), as well as the desire to flood international space with various conspiracy theories aimed at convincing the world at large that China is not responsible for the spread of the pandemic, has fallen flat as several nations, especially Western nations, are convinced that SARS-CoV-2 or the coronavirus actually traces its origin to the Republic of China.
The Chinese government led by the Communist Party is very devious. Their mastery of the art of deception, particularly in the field of diplomacy, has so far allowed it to remain unaccountable. The spread of the virus within China’s borders seems to date back to November 2019, but China did not feel the urgency to warn the world of the worst health danger it was facing until the beginning of this year. China officially informed the World Health Organization of the new coronavirus outbreak on 31 December 2019, which many countries are witnessing in light of the negligence and lack of responsibility on the part of the party-state.
The virus, which is believed to have originated in Hubei Province in central China, in the “wet market” in the city of Wuhan, has left many people trapped in the abyss of uncertainty. Theories about the “laboratory-made” or “man-made” virus are spreading, including from eminent scientists such as the French Nobel Prize winner Professor Montagnier. No certainty has been achieved so far, because the Chinese government has expelled foreign correspondents and refused the idea of an international commission of inquiry. The Chinese Communist Party has even put forward theories blaming the United States for the spread in Wuhan by looking for a scapegoat outside its borders.
China’s systematic censorship makes it difficult to give a conclusive answer on the origin and spread of the coronavirus. The international community has questions about the spread of the virus and China’s failure to act.
Several international research organisations, as well as many countries, now hold China responsible, to say the least, for the negligence that is making the world pay for the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, millions of sick people and a future economic and social crisis.
Despite the usual allegations of racist insults in the leftist media, US President Donald Trump insisted on describing COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus”. He points out that the virus has its origins in China, specifically the “China Center for Virus Culture Collection” in Wuhan. Donald Trump also suggests, like many others, the probable origin of the virus by an accident at the Wuhan laboratory, unfortunately installed with the technological and financial help of the French government during the Sarkozy and Dutch years.
The American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in an interview with a German daily newspaper, accused China of the damage caused by the virus in the world. He said: “There will come a time when those responsible will be held accountable. I am very confident that this will happen.”
Many European and other Western countries have raised their doubts about the coronavirus and China’s underhand involvement in this area, both openly and secretly. The pandemic is likely to significantly jeopardise China’s relations with its “good friends”. Questions and suspicions about China’s good management of the health crisis have even been raised by the usually complacent French President Emmanuel Macron.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said: “We will have to ask the hard questions about how this happened and how it could not have been stopped earlier… We cannot continue ‘business as usual’ with China after this crisis.”
In addition, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a complaint against China accusing the country of having done too little to stop the spread of the virus. Attorney General Eric Schmitt claims that Missouri residents may have suffered tens of billions of dollars in damages.
The legality of the trial could be challenged, but this will not distract the world from the fact that China could have helped nations stop the spread of the virus if only it had been sensitive enough to drop the element of secrecy and surveillance so endemic to its policy. Whether or not it is a “Chinese virus”, COVID-19 has certainly created global havoc that will take time to disappear and will lead to a radical change in international relations.
Will the European Union, in particular, continue to apply double standards: “ruthless with Russia and complacent with China”? What will be the final attitude of France and other Western countries after the ranting of one side or the other, which has so far been inconsequential? For the memory of the hundreds of thousands of victims, we expect answers and actions.
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