Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Damning: New Evidence Suggests the Chinese Government Is Hugely Underreporting Coronavirus Death Toll

Guy Benson
Posted: Mar 31, 2020 10:25 AM
Damning: New Evidence Suggests the Chinese Government Is Hugely Underreporting Coronavirus Death Toll
Source: Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP
A few points, right off the top: First, the US response to coronavirus has been poor in some aspects, better in others, and is complicated by an uneven patchwork of state and local policies. Some of the failures can be laid at the feet of the federal government -- including within both the Trump administration and previous administrations -- while other levels of government also have mistakes to answer for. Second, whenever you see a graph purporting to demonstrate that America's reaction to the pandemic has been the worst in the world, proceed with extreme skepticism. Some of these graphics fail to adjust for population size (see this helpful explainer), and almost all of them take "official" statistics from nations like China and Iran at face value. The numbers from these secretive regimes cannot and must not be believed. Consider the juxtaposition between the claim of zero new cases in Wuhan for nearly an entire week running and other emerging evidence. Bogus data:
As authorities lifted a two-month coronavirus lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, residents said they were growing increasingly skeptical that the figure of some 2,500 deaths in the city to date was accurate. Since the start of the week, seven large funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains of around 500 people to their families every day, suggesting that far more people died than ever made the official statistics. "It can't be right ... because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?" an Wuhan resident surnamed Zhang told RFA on Friday. "They started distributing ashes and starting interment ceremonies on Monday," he said. Seven funeral homes currently serve Wuhan -- a huge conurbation of three cities: Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang. Social media users have been doing some basic math to figure out their daily capacity, while the news website Caixin.com reported that 5,000 urns had been delivered by a supplier to the Hankou Funeral Home in one day alone -- double the official number of deaths. 

Some social media posts have estimated that all seven funeral homes in Wuhan are handing out 3,500 urns every day in total. Funeral homes have informed families that they will try to complete cremations before the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming on April 5, which would indicate a 12-day process beginning on March 23. Such an estimate would mean that 42,000 urns would be given out during that time. Another popular estimate is based on the cremation capacity of the funeral homes, which run a total of 84 furnaces with a capacity over 24 hours of 1,560 urns city-wide, assuming that one cremation takes one hour. This calculation results in an estimated 46,800 deaths. A resident of Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said most people there now believe that more than 40,000 people died in the city before and during the lockdown.

It's impossible to know exactly what is happening on the ground in China because the communist government is actively lying, expelling foreign journalists, and "disappearing" its critics -- including medical professionals -- thus deterring truth-telling and whistle-blowing:
It is long past time for the American media to stop regurgitating Chinese propaganda, which exploits journalists' desire to cast President Trump's efforts in the worst possible light. The World Health Organization also appears to be at least somewhat compromised. The facts are clear: The disease did originate in China. It was covered-up by their government, harming the global response. And that cover-up is ongoing. Their formal tallies of infections and deaths are fiction, and their clumsy (yet successful) goodwill PR theatrics are also garbage:

It seems the British government is seeing things pretty clearly on this front:
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is said to be furious over China's handling of the novel coronavirus, with one British official quoted on Sunday saying Beijing would face a "reckoning" once the COVID-19 crisis was over. UK government officials are accusing China of spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its borders, the Mail on Sunday reports. The newspaper says scientists have told Johnson that China could have downplayed its number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus "by a factor of 15 to 40 times." China had reported 81,439 cases at the time of writing...The newspaper quoted three UK officials, who all reported fury within Johnson's government. "It is going to be back to the diplomatic drawing board after this," one said. "Rethink is an understatement." The second unnamed official said "there has to be a reckoning when this is over," while the third said "the anger goes right to the top."
Their Prime Minister and top Health official have each tested positive for the virus. President Trump was exactly right to accurately pin blame on Beijing, the woke sensitivities of some critics notwithstanding. But this sort of false moral equivalence lets China off the hook, and he should know better:

I'll leave you with a stunningly ignorant, credulous hot take from a New York Times reporter, followed by actual data from the country that has been most successful at suppressing the disease, as opposed to information:


Aside that China’s hacking and intellectual property theft that costs the U.S. hundred of billions of dollars every year, the CCP “is engraved in a systematic campaign to pilfer valuable trade secrets for countless industrial and consumer goods.  This effort aims to reverse engineer non-Chinese goods and then flood foreign markets with stolen and knockoff products and technologies.”

Silicon Valley, and the Chinese Connection to Coronavirus Infection

By James Fulford



IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform. And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.

“All in all, it was an incredible victory for the Chinese government. Feinstein has done more for Red China than other any serving U.S. politician. “ Trevor Loudon

“Our entire crony capitalist system, Democrat and Republican alike, has become a kleptocracy approaching par with third-world hell-holes.  This is the way a great country is raided by its elite.” ---- Karen McQuillan  AMERICAN THINKER.com

Senator Who Employed Chinese Spy Endorses Joe Biden for President



A high-profile U.S. senator with professional and personal ties to China — including once employing one of its spies — is backing former Vice President Joe Biden amid mounting questions over his son’s business dealings with the communist regime.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced her endorsement of the former vice president on Tuesday, claiming to have witnessed Biden’s “fortitude” and leadership during their overlapping tenures in Congress.
Feinstein said in a statement:
I’ve worked closely with Vice President Biden and I’ve seen firsthand his legislative ability, his statesmanship, and most importantly his moral fortitude (NO, IT’S NOT A JOKE, BUT THEN FEINSTEIN IS THE MOST SELF-SERVING CORRUPT POL IN U.S. HISTORY). During his time in Congress and in the White House, Joe Biden has been a tireless fighter for hard working (ILLEGALS) MEXICAN families.

Winning the War Against the Chinese Communists

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China, or as some experts hold was created was created as a bio-weapon as intuitively written in Dean Koontz’s 1981 novel The Eyes of Darkness, in one way or another has benefited the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its aggression against the U.S.-led free society.  As foreign policy commentary for the Washington Examiner Tom Rogan wrote, just as it was with Mao Zedong’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ -- an economic and social campaign by the CCP from 1958 to 1962 to reconstruct China from an agrarian economy into a communist society -- “Xi Jinping’s coronavirus legacy is built on a mountain of bodies and lies” in order to enhance China’s global hegemony.
Perhaps it is no accident why Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump’s national Defense Production Act policy coordinator, recently stated:  “As soon as I saw a novel coronavirus emerge in Wuhan, my radar went up” -- he had written in his book The Coming China Wars (2006) that “China has become the world’s prime breeding ground for new and exotic strains of influenza and other viruses.”  He accused Chinese officials who visited the White House in mid-January for the signing of the phase one trade deal of suppressing crucial information -- even possibly transmitting the disease.  “They shook our hands.  We broke bread with them,” he said.  “They smiled and left with nary a warning about the severity of the crisis.”
We know how the CCP lied over its claim in December 2019 that the coronavirus was under control, simultaneously refusing to allow access to Western medical officials, failing to instigate an effective quarantine and deflecting responsibility during that period.  It was not, however  until late January that President Trump started regularly talking about the outbreak in relatively concerned terms.  That shift suggests the issue had, by January, become a significant element of Trump’s daily intelligence report.  It is likely that Trump was then warned that the risk of a global pandemic was growing.
While we are at war with the “invisible enemy” (the coronavirus),  we are also at war with China and most of us are not even aware of it.  The CCP is ultimately responsible for the deceptions that allowed the coronavirus to become a global pandemic as it daily destroys lives and economies.  And yet, much of the mainstream media through the world has been sympathetic to General Secretary Xi Jinping -- his actual state title is goujia zhix: “state chairman;” the English translation “president” is a misnomer to give the impression that Beijing’s body politic is parallel to American democracy, when in fact, as clearly explained by Newt Gingrich in his book Trump vs. China (2019), Xi is actively seeking the ultimate demise of the U.S.-led free market and capitalist society, to be replaced by a Chinese-led socialist one.  Xi, in the Leninist tradition, is fully dedicated to ensure that (China’s) communism rules the world.  He had told the members of China’s Central Committee in 2013: “The most important thing on running our own affairs well, continuously, strengthen our comprehensive national strength…continuously build socialism with superiority over capitalism, and continuously lay a more solid foundation for us to win initiative, advantage and future.”
President Trump, while trying to openly maintain a positive attitude towards China -- the last thing the public needs is to be told of another crisis -- has angered Beijing when he signed a  legislation last Thursday that will help U.S. diplomats from keeping Xi’s attempts to isolate Taiwan, a sign that antagonism between China and the United States continues to ramp up.
The signing took place following a new round of saber-rattling in the Pacific Ocean.  An American guided-missile destroyer navigated the straits of Taiwan on Wednesday, just days after the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet conducted live-fire drills in the Philippine Sea.  Taiwanese government analyst Su Tzu-yun said: “The U.S. has never conducted missile drills in the South China Sea, and the drill that it conducted in the Philippine Sea near the South China Sea is meant to tell China that the U.S. is capable of dealing with any situation despite the coronavirus outbreak.”
Then-presidential candidate Trump said in 2015: [China is] an economic enemy, because they have taken advantage of us like nobody in history.  It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world what they've done to the United States.  They’ve taken our jobs.”  And at a campaign rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana in May 2016, Trump said, “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country and that’s what they’re doing.   It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”
Aside that China’s hacking and intellectual property theft that costs the U.S. hundred of billions of dollars every year, the CCP “is engraved in a systematic campaign to pilfer valuable trade secrets for countless industrial and consumer goods.  This effort aims to reverse engineer non-Chinese goods and then flood foreign markets with stolen and knockoff products and technologies.”
Trump has taken direct aim at China.  In 2019, under a long-term deal sealed by the Obama administration, a Chinese Communist company was set to control America’s second-largest container port behind the nearby Port of Los Angeles.  In an unreported Trump administration victory, the Chinese had to withdraw after a drawn-out national security review forced a unit of China-based COSCO Shipping Holdings Co. (Orient Overseas Container Line -- OOCL) to sell the container terminal business, which handles among the largest freight of imports into the U.S.
He has also raised tariffs aimed at pressuring China to cease giving its industries unfair economic advantages and violating the norms and rules of international commerce.  China and its trading partners retaliated, which wound up hurting the competitiveness of U.S. firms overseas, suppressing manufacturing employment by more than protection from imports boosted it.  Yet when one is at war, there are always going to be unwanted, and at times, unforeseen casualties. 
China’s economy is not as strong Beijing makes it to be.  As of last year, China's debt has topped 300% of gross domestic product, according to the Institute of International Finance.  China suffered an even deeper slump as the coronavirus shuttered factories, shops and restaurants across the nation, underscoring the fallout now facing the global economy as the virus spreads around the world.  Just like the pandemic, which we will eventually defeat, we can win the war against China but we must first acknowledge that it is an enemy that must be stopped.