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THE INSTITUTE OF WORLD POLITICS, WASHINGTON DC, ON THE CHINA THREAT

April 23, 2020

John Lenczowski, Ph.D., founder and president of The Institute of World Politics, Washington DC, on April 15, 2020, at a webinar lectured on the many dimensions of the threat from China. For excerpts from his comments see below:

…I noted that the American policy of friendship with China that began with Nixon and Kissinger led to a moral-strategic confusion about the nature of the Chinese regime. I listed a good number of the Chinese Communist Party’s actions inimical to our national security, of which too many Americans are unaware. I also explained why so many of our government, corporate, media, and academic leaders have turned a blind eye to Chinese human rights violations, military buildup, espionage, and influence operations: too many of them have been, in effect, “owned,” corrupted, or otherwise neutralized by China. The resulting self-censorship means that the American people, until recently, have not been hearing the full truth.

…the COVID-19 pandemic…has served as a wake-up call to many Americans about the totalitarian and aggressive nature of the Chinese regime and the dangerous depths of our dependence on China for pharmaceuticals and the supply chains for our defense systems.

Comment: The self-censorship is even larger in Europe, where China has managed to disinform governments, the corporations, media and academics. The action taken by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s concerning China was a bold and useful geopolitical move at the time. The continuation of that policy has been a disaster and according to recent polls 90 percent of Americans now regard China as a threat. It is time for the European nations to wake up to the China threat and consider ways of decoupling from Communist China and move production to countries like India instead.

MULTIPLE SOURCES BELIEVE CORONAVIRUS PART OF CHINA’S EFFORTS TO COMPETE WITH USA

April 16, 2020

Fox News on April 16, 2020 reported that there is increasing confidence that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States,..This may be the “costliest government coverup of all time,” one of the sources said. Excerpts below:

The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, and that “patient zero” worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.

The “increasing confidence” comes from classified and open-source documents and evidence, the sources said. Fox News has requested to see the evidence directly.

Asked by Fox News’ John Roberts about the reporting, President Trump remarked at Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing, “More and more we’re hearing the story…we are doing a very thorough examination of this –horrible situation.”

U.S. Embassy officials warned in January 2018 about inadequate safety at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab and passed on information about scientists conducting risky research on coronavirus from bats, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Responding to the report, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on April 14: “It should be no surprise to you that we have taken a keen interest in that and we’ve had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that. I would just say at this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural, but we don’t know for certain.”

“Even today, I see them withholding information and I think we need to do more to continue to press them to share,” told Fox News on April 15, referring to China.

Speaking to Fox News Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remarked: “What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. You should know that the United States government is working diligently to figure it out.”

GORDON CHANG: CORONAVIRUS SHOWS ELITES HAVE BEEN GETTING IT WRONG ABOUT CHINA

April 16, 2020

Fox News on April 16, 2020, reported that Foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang said that it is ”probable” that the coronavirus pandemic originated a laboratory in Wuhan, China, not in one of the city’s wet markets. Excerpts below:

“There was an article in The Lancet, which is the authoritative British medical journal, I think it was posted January 24, which said about a third of the initial cases had no connection with the Wuhan market that everyone talked about,” Chang said. “That means that there had to be another source for this, and when you look at Wuhan, obviously that Wuhan Institute of Virology, is at the top of the list of suspects.”

Fox News reported on April 15, 2020, that U.S. officials are increasingly confident that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.

Multiple sources have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government and have seen relevant materials… one source saying Beijing may have engaged in the “costliest government coverup of all time.”

Chang told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the pandemic should lead America’s leaders to “question their assumptions” about the Communist country.

“I think what this really says is that all of our policymakers, all of our analysts, our academics really need to go back and question their assumptions about what happened and in a general way their view of China,” Chang said. “Because clearly we have been getting it wrong for a long time. And now this has had consequences which are just disastrous. We are going to bury many Americans because of this.”

THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY LIED AND MILLIONS ARE SICK WORLDWIDE

April 10, 2020

Executive Director Marion Smith of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. on April 5, 2020, on the Foundation website published an article on communism’s grave threat to the entire world. Smith concluded that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) caused the crisis. Excerpts below:

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, one fact is increasingly clear: The Chinese Communist Party caused this crisis.

From the moment the coronavirus emerged in central China, Beijing has acted in a way that made a pandemic possible and then inevitable.

At every stage, the Chinese Communist Party has lied.

Beijing’s culpability is the result of its oppression — its “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” The only way to stop a spreading sickness is to spread information even faster, giving people and countries the facts and the time to prevent a pandemic. China’s rulers made that impossible. Starting in December, communist authorities cracked down on anyone talking about the coronavirus.

The truth was terrifying, although largely unknown beyond China’s borders. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that China systematically hid the real number of sick people, as well as the number of deaths. Sure enough, in mid-January, Beijing still claimed that only a few dozen people were infected with the coronavirus. The real totals of people infected and deaths were likely far higher, as my organization was already hearing from dissidents within China.

Beijing’s lies lulled the world into a false sense of security…A senior White House official pointed out that Chinese data caused the medical community in the United States to think “this was serious, but smaller than anyone expected… we were missing a significant amount of the data.”

[CCP]…covered up the nature of the coronavirus itself. In doing so, Beijing violated international treaty obligations to which China is a signatory, including the International Health Regulations (2005).

Beijing denied until January 20th that human to human transmission was occurring.

The results have been tragic. China’s actions made other countries less able to contain coronavirus outbreaks. In some cases, those outbreaks were perhaps already underway but unknown, because China lied about the sickness’ spread. By that point, a pandemic was only a matter of time.

Now the world is facing upheaval unseen since the Second World War. Whole countries are shut down. Borders are closed. Economies are unraveling. Governments are mobilizing for an extended struggle. Billions of people are terrified.

But all of this was preventable, if the Chinese Communist Party had just been honest.

…Beijing wasn’t honest. It lied. It is lying still. As a result, more than a million people are sick, and millions could die before the year is out.

Their blood is on the Chinese Communist Party’s hands. If the coronavirus crisis proves anything, it’s that communism — its logic, its brutality, its incompetence — is still a grave threat to the entire world.

The sooner communism is swept into the dustbin of history, the safer we’ll all be.

REPUBLICAN SENATORS RUBIO, GARDNER, ROMNEY URGE CREATION OF TASKFORCE TO COUNTER COMMUNIST CHINESE PROPAGANDA

March 27, 2020

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), in a press release on March 23, 2020 reported that he joined Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Mitt Romney (R-UT), members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, in sending a letter to President Trump requesting the creation of a taskforce under the National Security Council (NSC) to counter propaganda emanating from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) surrounding COVID-19. Excerpts below:

“The Chinese Communist Party is manipulating facts surrounding a global pandemic that originated due to their own incompetence. While the rest of the world scrambles to clean up the CCP’s mess, they continue to seek geopolitical advantage and undermine the U.S. at every turn. It is critical that our country fight back against this propaganda and an interagency taskforce under the aegis of the NSC is a distinctive tool to formulate a coordinated, USG-wide response.”

Full text of the letter

Dear Mr. President,

We write to you requesting the formation of an interagency taskforce under the aegis of the National Security Council (NSC) with the purpose of countering the sinister propaganda campaign emanating from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) (P.L. No: 115-409), which you signed into law in December 2018, authorizes funding “for United States Government efforts to counter the strategic influence of the People’s Republic of China,” developing the foundation for such an initiative.

In early December 2019, citizens of the city of Wuhan, China began experiencing symptoms of what would become known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This new virus has continuously proved highly infectious and in the four short months since its discovery, it has become a global pandemic and a crisis here at home. Despite early indications that this was a new virus comparable to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from 2002, the CCP made concerted efforts to obfuscate and downplay information that would have been critical for the health of their citizens and later the world.

Now that COVID-19 has spread rapidly around the globe, the CCP and its officials have the audacity to spread disingenuous claims that the United States is responsible for this pandemic. This is not simply dishonest, it is dangerous. This tactic, in addition to being a despicable exploitation of a global emergency, threatens to undermine the worldwide coordination necessary to combat this coronavirus. It is for this reason that we request an interagency taskforce within the NSC to counter the malicious propaganda coming from CCP apparatchiks.

This interagency taskforce should include representatives from the Department of State, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Treasury, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and from agencies within the Intelligence Community. These representatives should work together to disseminate accurate and appropriate information to U.S. Government (USG) employees and the global public at-large concerning the origins of COVID-19 and efforts at national and international levels to halt its spread.

To that end, this taskforce should focus on 1) producing a white paper on the origins of COVID-19 and subsequent CCP efforts to conceal its seriousness, 2) provide guidance to USG employees and U.S. Embassies on messaging surrounding COVID-19 and methods to counter false CCP narratives around its origins and containment, and 3) regularly coordinate with and brief the appropriate Congressional Committees on these efforts.

The Chinese Communist Party is manipulating facts surrounding a global pandemic that originated due to their own incompetence. While the rest of the world scrambles to clean up the CCP’s mess, they continue to seek geopolitical advantage and undermine the U.S. at every turn. It is critical that our country fight back against this propaganda and an interagency taskforce under the aegis of the NSC is a distinctive tool to formulate a coordinated, USG-wide response.

THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY WUHANVIRUS PLAN

March 26, 2020

National Interest on March 19, 2020 published an article on China’s coronavirus plan. For excerpts see below:

… the virus has become a new front in the Sino-American confrontation. 

The fact is that the CCP lied about the pandemic by minimizing the threat, punishing people who spoke the truth, deliberately concealing information, delaying public announcements, denying a timely investigation by the World Health Organization, and refusing experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) entry to the country. As a result, the CCP allowed the virus to spread first within China and then throughout the world. Its outrageous actions are a crime against the health and wellbeing of China’s and the world’s population as well as of their economic livelihood. Now the United States, like so many other countries, has to spend tens of billions—maybe even trillions—of dollars to avoid the financial disaster caused by the CCP recklessness. This has significantly weakened U.S. strength and resources that could have been used to advance American prosperity.

It is horrible, fantastic, and incredible that the world’s population has to take significant steps to protect people from the virus due to the deceit, malpractice, and misgovernment of the CCP. The rest of the world must suffer due to the CCP’s perverse and rotten regime.

China has launched a premeditated global propaganda campaign to blame the United States for this pandemic while projecting an image of China’s global leadership in fighting successfully to control the situation and bought the world more time to prepare for it. Zhao Lijian, spokesman of the CCP Foreign Ministry fabricated a blunt lie when he said that the “U.S. army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.” Many Chinese top diplomats around the world re-tweeted this lie.

Chinese officials have announced that China will use this crisis to catalyze a “Silk Road” of health care.  The significance lies in that it shows the Sino-American confrontation is all azimuths—economic, diplomatic, technological, military, and global opinion. 

The Xi Jinping regime applies this strategy with multifaceted objectives: By blaming the United States, Xi can shift the Chinese people’s focus on fabricated external threats, stimulate ultra-nationalism against America in order to cover up his own mismanagement and missteps in this pandemic crisis.

As part of covering up and countermeasures, China last month expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters for the paper’s report about the Chinese virus and pandemic it created.

[It is] a page out of the Soviet’s or Mao’s Cold War playbook, but reveals that China aggressively shapes a narrative and rewards supportive news outlets. Equally, the disinformation campaign launched by the CCP which accused the U.S. military of starting the pandemic in the pantheon of lies may only be rival by the KGB’s lie that the AIDS pandemic was started by the United States.

Thus far, the United States has been too passive in response to China’s actions,…Bolder action is needed and warranted given the extent of this conflict.  This includes a vigorous counter-disinformation campaign to fault China’s government for allowing the pandemic to spread unhindered for months.  Not only is it culpable for the spread but its people have tried to blame the United States.  This is an outrageous lie and all countries should call out China on this deceit.  Alarmingly for U.S. interests, China has projected itself as the world’s savior from the Wuhan virus,… 

The United States must act to aid the world in identifying these lies.  Yet, more significantly, the United States must convey to other countries the perverse nature of Xi Jinping’s regime. The coronavirus is the product of an equally virulent and pernicious Chinese regime and a perfect metaphor for the nature of Xi’s rule.  U.S. leadership and population need to realize that the country is under attack from a regime that allowed a pandemic to occur. 

Additionally, the United States must continue to pressure China providing critical information about the origin and prevalence of the Chinese virus, including the true death toll, and to allow access of CDC doctors into the epicenter to investigate. The U.S. government should work with America’s allies and the United Nation to investigate who is responsible for the spread and mismanagement of the pandemic. In particular, WHO’s Tedros Adhanom should be investigated and held accountable for colluding with China and allowing the pandemic spread.  At the same time, the United States should consider legal actions against the parties responsible for the disaster, and seek appropriate compensations for the damage it has done to the United States and its people based on the final investigation report. 

The United States must support China’s healthcare whistleblowers, citizen journalists, and activists who are persecuted for speaking the truth. It must systematically expose the humanitarian crises and human-rights abuses before, during and after the pandemic, such as the continued imprisonment of over a million Uighur and Kazakh men in concentration camps, oppression of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang, and the suppression of religious and political freedom in China.  Indeed, the CCP is using the pandemic to increase its monitoring and control over the population. 

…the United States should seriously rethink its global supply chain and take immediate action to de-couple from China to reduce its dependence on China’s economy. The United States should use this opportunity to work with U.S. allies and free trade partners to create a new global supply chain, leveraging the U.S. market to weaken the Chinese regime while helping itself and its allies to prosper. This could eventually defeat Communist China’s dictatorial plan for the world.

Authors of the article

Bradley A. Thayer is a professor of Political Science at the University of Texas San Antonio and is the co-author of ”How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics”. 

Lianchao Han is vice president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China. After the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, Dr. Han was one of the founders of the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars. He worked in the U.S. Senate for twelve years, as legislative counsel and policy director for three Senators.

Comment: The authors of the National Interest article are rightly calling for American decoupling from China to stop the dependence on Chinese economy. A “new global supply chain” is needed and the United States ought to work with allies and free trade partners on this.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR MARCO RUBIO, FLORIDA, BLASTS CHINA FOR HIDING KEY INFORMATION ON WUHAN PANDEMIC

March 25, 2020

Fox News on March 23, 2020, reported on Senator Rubio blaming China for hiding key information on the Whuhan coronavirus pandemic. Excerpts below:

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called out Chinese government leaders on March 22, 2020, blaming them for the severity of the global coronavirus pandemic due to hiding key information early on and pressuring other countries into not taking action.

… rather than taking appropriate steps to alert the world that there was a problem, they did the opposite.

“The way you respond to something like that, in a global event of that magnitude is you immediately declare it to the world, you bring in all of the experts, and you start working and you try to contain it to the place where it starts,” Rubio said.

Rubio accused the Chinese government of hiding information from researchers and not letting anyone know that they had evidence of human-to-human transfer until late December of 2019.
“We could have been four to six weeks ahead of this had they been more transparent.”

“I can tell you it has made it much harder by the fact that not only did the Chinese not disclose it, they bullied a bunch of countries into not cutting off flights,” Rubio said. “These cases got into other countries as well because they didn’t do what President Trump did here.”

CONGRESSMAN LOU GOHMERT (R) ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

December 19, 2019

Fox News on December 19, 2019, reported that Congressman Lou Gohmert (TX) said that the impeachment of President Trump was a travesty and outrage. See excerpt below:

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX) spoke against the Articles of Impeachment on the House floor before the historic vote. He passionately stated, “It’s lowered even farther — the bar. It will be used for political battles and this country’s end is now in sight, and I hope I don’t live to see it. This is an outrage.”

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R) ON DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE

December 19, 2019

Fox News on December 19, 2019, reported on Senator Lindsey Graham’s reaction to the impeachment vote in the House. See an excerpt below:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the impeachment of President Trump is proof that a left-wing “mob” has taken over the House of Representatives.

Graham told “Hannity” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed earlier this year that impeachment should be thoughtful and “bipartisan.”

“What happened between March and now?” he asked. “What happened [is] the mob took over the House. The mob is running the Democratic Party. If she did not move to impeach this president, she would not be Speaker.”

MAIN PRINCIPLES OF MACHIAVELLISM

December 15, 2019

1. It is an objective science of politics comparable to other empirical sciences. Such a science is neutral with respect to any practical political goal.

2. The primary subject matter of political science (science of politics) is the struggle for power in its diverse, open and concealed forms.

3. Men’s words cannot be taken a face value. Words, programs, declarations, constitutions, laws, theories, philosophies must be related to the whole complex of social facts in order
to understand their real political and historical meaning.

4. Logical and rational action plays a relatively minor part in political and social change. Instinct, impulse and interest is the usual social rule.

5. Social division must be recognized to understand the social process. That is the one between the ruling class and the ruled, between the elite and the non-elite.

6. Science of politics is above all the study of the elite, its composition, its structure, and its mode of relation to the non-elite.

7. The primary objects of every elite is to maintain its own power and privilege.

8. The rule of the elite is based on force and fraud. Force may be hidden or only threatened. Fraud may not entail conscious deception.

9. Social structure as a whole is integrated and sustained by a political formula. It is usually correlated with a generally accepted religion, ideology or myth.

10. The rule of an elite will coincide now more, now less with the interests of the non-elite. There are real and significant differences however in social structures of the ruled.

Source: James Burnham (”The Machiavellians : Defenders of Freedom – A Defense of Political Truth Against Wishful Thinking”, 1943).