It started in a wholesale fish, meat and live animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan where both dead and live animals, including illegally trafficked animals, are kept, often in densely packed conditions, and then butchered on site. These Chinese markets pose a serious risk to World health, with viruses and other diseases passing from animals to humans and then person to person because of almost non existent hygiene standards and zero government controls. China and its eating habits are also a very serious problem for all endangered animals, more about this here.
WUHAN - In a gloomy and damp single-story house in the rural-urban fringe of the city, hundreds of cats are locked in a foul-smelling room. The terrified animals were rounded up in neighboring provinces, and they will be killed in southern China to end up on dinner tables.
"After gathering a certain number, around 300, the cats will be moved to sell to restaurants in Guangdong province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region," a 'guardian' of the cats surnamed Zhou, told China Daily on Tuesday.
So could the spread of coronavirus to the rest of the world have been stopped?
China's coronavirus infections could have been cut by 66 per cent if the government had implemented its containment measures just one week earlier, a study by WorldPop at Southampton University has claimed.
On 10/03/2020 President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, in a very carefully choreographed visit, claiming victory over a war he created. Even offering advice to Italy.
leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did!
"What is the truth?"
History has proven the total failure of all Marxism-inspired socialist movements, (ask Jeremy Corbyn, I'm surprised the failed "momentum man" hasn't crept out of the woodwork to praise Xi for his handling of the crisis) be it in Mao’s murderous Great Leap Forward and the destructive Cultural Revolution, the Orwellian rule in Stalin’s Soviet Union, the genocide perpetrated by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, and the miserable life under the Kim family dynasty in North Korea.
For sure, few of China’s near 90 million party members are true believers of Marxism. Many of them joined the ruling party to get a golden passport to power and privilege, or they were just seeking a symbol of success. That is why all Xi’s predecessors – Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao – showed little enthusiasm while paying lip service to communist orthodoxies that they themselves might not have believed.
However, Xi is now leading a campaign to attach communist orthodoxies to his own dogma. Since he came to power, he has directed more resources to promote and foster Marxist doctrine and Maoist traditions. Xi also wants to make China the global hub of Marxism, more than two decades after the worldwide demise of socialism. Driven by him, China went all-out with much celebratory fanfare to mark Marx’s 200th birthday, which fell on May 5.
The question is whether Xi is really dedicated to socialism and a believer in Marxism, Leninism and Maoist thought, or is he just using campaigns to promote his own political theory and shape his legacy? With his thought being enshrined in party and state constitutions, Xi now enjoys a stature as a communist spiritual sage, paralleling Mao and superior to Deng. Indeed, for Xi, communist rule and his absolute grip on power matter more than any particular “ism”. It is apparently an effort to resist the universal values on freedom and democracy, ideas thought to be a threat to single-party authoritarian rule.
Xi’s enthusiasm for communist orthodoxy might also aim to assert his absolute authority and justify what is likely to be a lifelong, monarch-style rule.This was revealed on Monday by Wang Huning, China’s top party ideologue, and a member of the pinnacle Standing Committee of the Politburo, when he declared that Xi’s thoughts are the “Marxism of modern China”, thus making him the “savour of the Chinese nation”.
We should ask: would Marx now even recognise the last major power founded on his dreams?