China has 'deliberately' killed thousands of Americans - Gordon Chang
China has committed "a crime against all of humanity" by deliberately spreading the virus around the world while at the same time, spreading disinformation about its human-to-human properties in the early days of the outbreak, said Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War.
The Communist Party of China has not only acted recklessly, but also maliciously, to bring other countries to a fair playing field after the outbreak occurred in Wuhan in late 2019, Chang told Kitco News.
“Chinese leaders admitted that the coronavirus was human-to-human transmissible only on January 20, but doctors in Wuhan knew no later than the second week of December that it was H2H, human-to-human. If Beijing had said nothing during that five of so weeks, that would have been grossly irresponsible. What we know during that period is that they tried to convince the world that it was not human-to-human,” he said.
Beijing also tried to convince other countries to not impose travel restrictions and lift quarantine measures on arrival, he added.
“If after having seen the coronavirus cripple China, if [Xi Jingping] wanted to level the playing field by spreading the disease elsewhere, he would have done exactly what in fact he did,” Chang said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is also responsible for failing to contain the coronavirus sooner, Chang noted.
“They’ve been complicit because in the WHO, the leaders there knew it was human-to-human transmissible. We know that because Maria Van Kerkhove, who is a senior WHO doctor…immediately she knew that it was H2H. She told her superiors. They shut her down,” he said.
The WHO Tweeted on January 14, 2020, that “preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCov) identified in #Wuhan, #China.”
At the same time, Van Kerkhove gave a press briefing in Geneva warning of the opposite of the WHO’s position at the time, according to a report published by The Guardian.
On trade, U.S.-Sino relations are not about to improve, Chang said.
“I don’t think there should be reconciliation [between China and the U.S.] because China has killed tens of thousands of Americans, and this was a deliberate act,” Chang told Kitco News.
China now has a commanding lead in the tech war over the U.S., especially in the wireless telecommunications space.