White House to 'turbocharge' plans to remove China from global supply chains

Marco Green
May 5, 2020

The report, presented early last month by the Chinese Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the sources said. It attempted to cover up doing so by "denying there were export restrictions and obfuscating and delaying provision of its trade data", the analysis states.

This Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, shows medical workers in protective suits at a coronavirus detection lab in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Medical professionals inside of China were silenced.

The document, according to The Associated Press, claims its conclusions are based on the finding, arrived at with 95 percent probability, that China's import and export changes during the stated period were not within the normal range.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there is substantial evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

Citing the intelligence dossier, Chinese researchers who tried to warn of the outbreak suddenly "disappeared" and research evidence was destroyed, all while the Chinese government kept downplaying the coronavirus threat to the world.

Amidst the pandemic, there have been reports that Chinese officials had stopped doctors from warning about the dangers of the novel virus early on. Axios adds: "This is plausible, but there is no direct or public evidence to support it".

The new developments feed into previous rhetoric on the part of Washington that has been ramping up its criticism of China.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday said that the intelligence community was investigating the possibility that the virus had escaped somehow from a research facility in Wuhan, China, where the disease was first identified.

"What they really treated the world badly on, they stopped people going into China, but they didn't stop people going into the United States of America and all over the world, so you could fly out of Wuhan, where the primary problem was, all of the problem essentially, also where the lab is, but you could fly out of Wuhan and you could go to different parts of the world but you couldn't go to Beijing and you couldn't go to any place in China". "These are not the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses as a result of failures in a Chinese lab", he said.

But Mr Pompeo has doubled down on claims from U.S. officials and right-wing groups, despite WHO's denial.

Last week Trump told reporters that he had seen proof that suggests the virus originated in the lab, but he did not go into detail.

According to experts, the novel coronavirus is not human-engineered, and naturally occurs in bats. Scientific American re-edited an interview with the virologist Shi Zhengli last week to address "the tenuous suggestion" of the lab theory, and noted the "genetic sequence" of Sars-CoV-2, the scholarly term for coronavirus, "does not match any her lab had previously studied".

Beijing has repeatedly pushed back on US accusations that the outbreak was China's fault, pointing to many missteps made by American officials in their own fight against the outbreak.

He told ABC: "We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could to make sure that the world didn't learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place".

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