Could the spread of Chinese coronavirus to the rest of the world have been stopped?

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.

 

hundreds of cats are locked in a foul-smelling room.
hundreds of cats are locked in a foul-smelling room.

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.


At these markets, outdoor stalls are squeezed together to form narrow lanes, a stall selling caged chickens may abut a butcher counter, where meat is chopped as nearby dogs watch hungrily.Wet markets put people and live and dead animals — dogs, chickens, pigs, snakes, civets, and more — in constant close contact. That makes it easy for diseases to jump from animals to humans.

"Poorly regulated, live-animal markets mixed with illegal wildlife trade offer a unique opportunity for viruses to spill over from wildlife hosts into the human population," the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement.

in this Chinese market meat is chopped as nearby dogs watch
meat is chopped as nearby dogs watch

 

So could the spread of coronavirus to the rest of the world have been stopped? 

Lets look at the facts.......

Chinese scientists raised alarm over coronavirus in early December but the Chinese rulers ordered a cover-up!

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. 

 

  • Chinese scientists knew about the coronavirus and its potential deadly effect as early as December — but were ordered by Chinese government officials to suppress the evidence.  
  • Some early cases of Covid-19, however, appear to have infected people with no link to the Wuhan market at all, suggesting that the initial route of human infection may pre-date the market cases. These infections were linked to eating the Chinese delicacy  wild pangolins , The genetic sequences of coronavirus in pangolins are 99 per cent similar to the human virus. All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws, and two are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It doesn't stop them eating them tho! 
  • In late December, several genomics companies tested samples from sick patients in Wuhan and noticed alarming similarities between their illnesses and the 2002 SARS virus said the Chinese business news site Caixin Global. The researchers alerted Beijing of their findings — and on Jan. 3, received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission, with instructions to destroy the samples. 
  • On December 30, Dr Li Weliang was one of the first to warn about the crisis in Wuhan. He was punished for releasing the information, and would later die from the virus after contracting it from a patient weeks later. 
  • Rather than acting to contain the virus in Wuhan and China and alerting the rest of the world. Wuhan officials went ahead with their annual potluck dinner for 40,000 families. (A potluck is a communal lunch gathering where each guest or group contributes a different, often homemade dish of food to be shared) 
  • The cover-up continued when representatives from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 8 visited Wuhan, where officials intentionally withheld information that hospital workers had been infected by patients — a telltale sign of contagion. 
  • News of the virus’ highly contagious nature didn’t surface publicly until Jan. 20. When the Chinese rulers went into face-saving overdrive. Wuhan was locked down and a mass quarantine ordered three days later. To late for the rest of the world. 
  • By then on the 20th of  January 2020, there were confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, Japan and South Korea all exported from China. On 24 January France suffered its first coronavirus case again with a travel history to China, days later on 28 January Germany reported a case related to a person visiting from China. 
  • On December 30, Dr Li Weliang was one of the first to warn about the crisis in Wuhan. He was punished for releasing the information, and would later die from the virus after contracting it from a patient weeks later.

 

The answer is yes!   coronavirus could have been contained in China, But the Chinese rulers decided on a cover up. Instead letting people travel and spread it to the rest of the World.

 

 

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.

Tycoon who criticised Xi over coronavirus goes missing - Reuters

An influential former Chinese property executive who called President Xi Jinping a "clown" over a speech he made last month about the government's efforts to battle the coronavirus has gone missing, three of his friends told Reuters.

They said they had not been able to contact Ren Zhiqiang, a member of China's ruling Communist Party and a former top executive of state-controlled property developer Huayuan International real estate group, since March 12.

"Many of our friends are looking for him," his close friend Wang Ying said in a statement to Reuters, describing them as being "extremely anxious".

"Ren Zhiqiang is a public figure, and his disappearance is widely known. The institutions responsible for this need to give a reasonable and legal explanation for this as soon as possible," she said.

Calls made by Reuters to Ren's mobile phone went unanswered.

Beijing police did not immediately respond to requests by phone and fax for comment on Sunday. China's State Council Information Office did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.

What do the Chinese people themselves think,

 

  • In mainland China and and especially Hong Kong The word "rumor" has taken on a different meaning  since the death of Li Wenliang, the doctor who was punished for trying to warn others about the spread of coronavirus.
  • Instead of doubtful hearsay, for many the word has come to suggest the inconvenient truths that President Xi Jinping is  trying to hide -- just like Li's attempt to expose a dangerous outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives including his own.
  • "Rumor is just a prophecy far ahead of our times," says a quote widely shared online in China in recent weeks.
  • The idea speaks to the mounting anger among many Chinese people over what they see as heavy-handed government censorship, with unpleasant truths written off as "rumors" and truth tellers threatened or faced with punishment.
  • On Chinese social media platforms, authorities have paid a price for silencing the truth. In many posts, if the warnings of Li and other medical workers had not been muzzled, they could have raised more awareness among the public and perhaps better prepared them for the deadly outbreak, which has now killed thousands of  people and placed hundreds of millions under varying forms of lockdown. Doctor Li Wenliang, who was punished by police for "rumor-mongering," was hailed as a hero by many in China for trying to blow the whistle on the coronavirus outbreak in late December.
  • But the overwhelming narrative on social media is that concealing the truth has caused another problem. Amid dwindling public trust, authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to combat potentially harmful disinformation.
  • No wonder Hong Kong wants to distance itself from this dictatorial regime.
Something we should be very aware of tho, the Chinese people themselves did not spread coronaviris to the world. The

leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did!

 

"What is the truth?"

  • The  death of China’s real epidemic hero, the ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, has revealed the ugliest side of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its terrible effort to rewrite the history of a seemingly out-of-control epidemic. Li treated patients in December in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, who looked like SARS cases, he told colleagues on Dec. 30 via a doctors’ social media chatroom.
  • Days later, for the so-called crime of rumormongering, Li and seven other physicians were brought before China’s security police and compelled to sign a document admitting to “spreading lies.” For days, Wuhan authorities sought to stifle Li’s voice, but even after he caught the virus while treating his patients and was confined to an intensive care unit bed, he continued to sound epidemic alarms on the BBC World Service. On Feb. 6, the once-robust 34-year-old physician died. Li’s death opened the gates of political rage across China, sparking an unprecedented outpouring of grief and outrage, denouncing the government cover-up.
  • While diehard conspiracy theorists can be found in every country, it's clear from social media that the plunge in public trust in the Chinese government following its alleged mishandling and censorship of the outbreak has made it much harder for authorities there to dispel rumors.
  • "What is the truth?" wondered a user on Weibo on February 17, commenting on the Wuhan lab's attempt to end the rumors. "The collapse of credibility of the government and the media is not only a woe for them, but also for us citizens."
  • The erosion of trust is centered around cases such as Li, the Wuhan doctor, where so-called "rumors" were later deemed to be inconvenient truths authorities wanted to suppress.
  • Li was summoned by the Wuhan police on January 3 and reprimanded for "spreading rumors," over a message he sent to his medical school alumni warning of the emergence of a SARS-like coronavirus. He later contracted the virus from a patient and died last month.
  • And Li was not alone. On January 1, Wuhan police announced they had "taken legal measures" against eight people for spreading rumors about the coronavirus. Chinese media later reported that some of them were also healthcare workers trying to sound the alarm, and several of them have come forward in the Chinese press to recount how they got into trouble for trying to warn colleagues and friends about the outbreak.
  • That deep-rooted frustration was summed up in a poignant joke that made the rounds on social media in late January, when the outbreak seemed to be spiraling out of control: "If someone can go back in time to return to the Wuhan of a month ago, can they save us all from this catastrophe?" "Nope," the answer goes. "They would just become the ninth rumor-monger."
  • To the dismay and fury of many in China, the swift rebuttal of well-meaning "rumors" -- or in fact unpleasant truths -- did not stop with Li's death.
  • The whistle-blower's passing set off a remarkable storm of calls for free speech across the country. In response, the government has doubled down on its attempts to control the narrative.
  • Accounts and reports that fall outside the official line are promptly scrubbed from the internet and replaced with a constant flow of heroic tales of self-sacrifice. Independent voices describing the grim reality on the ground, meanwhile, have been silenced.
  • Chen Qiushi, a citizen journalist who documented the agony and heartbreak of residents in Wuhan, was forcefully quarantined by authorities last month, according to his friends.
  • Meanwhile, some propaganda attempts have backfired. In northwestern Gansu province, a state-run newspaper recently published a video of female medical workers having their heads shaved before setting off to join the front lines in Hubei, with some crying in front of the camera. The video, meant to show their admirable devotion, drew backlash online, with many questioning its necessity and whether the medics were pressured into shaving.
  • To be honest, it would be better if they don't dispel rumors. When I see a rumor refuted I would basically assume it is the truth.
  • A user on Weibo
  • Over the past few weeks, Chinese social media has been alight with outrage at the propaganda and censorship, with the censors themselves having to work overtime to stay on top of it.
  • "To be honest, it would be better if they don't dispel rumors. When I see a rumor refuted I would basically assume it is the truth," said one popular Weibo comment, that itself was later censored.
  • No wonder Hong kong is trying to distance itself from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
Some China watchers have likened the coronavirus crisis for Chinese President Xi Jinping to the threat the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986 posed to Mikhail Gorbachev’s hold on the Soviet Union. Others have likened the young martyred physician’s brave truth-telling to the legendary “Tank Man,” an anonymous citizen who stood, grocery bags in hand, before a line of Chinese tanks, blocking their entry into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and their use to quell the 1989 pro-democracy student protests.
Keep the pressure on, more about that later........
This could be the beginning of the end for Marxist inspired socialist movements.

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?